Compliance with standards for meaningful use of electronic medical records could help vendors cut costs and lead to a dramatic decline in spending on interoperability of health data exchange interfaces between different systems, said Dr. John Halamka, chairman of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel established by the HHS. The group has submitted its recommendations to the Health IT Standards Committee in hopes "that a certified EHR will likely with modest effort be able to speak with another EHR," Halamka said.

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