The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) supports the announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson regarding the adoption of uniform standards for the electronic exchange of clinical information within the federal government.

The departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are the three agencies leading the way in this initiative, laying the groundwork for all federal agencies to use the same information technology standards for sharing clinical information.

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