Government & Policy
The Food and Drug Administration is demanding that manufacturers submit information printed on prescription drug labels in a new electronic format.
Spending on health care information technology will grow about 11 percent a year over the next five years.
A provision that would require state and local health departments to gather data on the distribution and use of antiviral medications could be a tall order.
The standard is expected to accelerate the adoption of e-prescribing systems.
He unveiled a national plan and asked all 50 states to develop localized plans, but critics say states do not have enough funding.
Automated system will monitor data feeds from emergency rooms
The president's speech will come less than a week after the Senate approved the HHS appropriations bill, including an amendment tagging $8 billion for combating avian flu.
Legislation calls for a single set of national rules to protect the privacy of patients whose information is exchanged over a national health information network.
The Commission on Systemic Interoperability issued a report that calls for health information standards but doesn't offer specifics.
Representatives from several countries seek common ground among e-health systems at defense and veterans affairs departments.