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Electronic health record adoption is on the rise. The number of hospitals using basic EHR systems tripled from 12.2 percent in 2009 to 44.4 percent in 2012, according to a report released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and CMS.  However, the move towards efficient care coordination and care delivery through health IT does not end with EHR adoption alone. Clinical information needs to be able to flow seamlessly between EHR products within one health network and among different networks. Various healthcare industry sectors and software vendors are, therefore, focusing on advancing the interoperability of health IT systems.  
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is launching a new standards and interoperability framework, Health eDecisions, according to a Healthcare Informatics report.
Arien Malec, the ONC's coordinator of the Direct Project and the Standards & Interoperability Framework, has resigned to return to the private sector, according to a Health IT Buzz report.