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Pa. to plan future of health info exchange next week

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State, technology and health care leaders will meet Oct. 22 and 23 in York County to plan the next steps for Pennsylvania's electronic health records exchange, which could launch on a limited basis before the end of the year.

The health records exchange, also called a health information exchange, is part of federal requirements for states to improve health care technology. Electronic records sharing, including electronic prescriptions, could cut costs and improve accuracy in patient records.

Next week's two-day conference and eHealth Partnership Authority board meeting will be held at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center at 148 Sheraton Drive in Fairview Township. The authority board meeting will be 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesday and is open to the public.

The conference's informational sessions, according to the state, will include speeches from:

• Jay Goodwyn, an IBM Business Services partner, who will discuss tech advances in data and natural language processing like that used by Watson, IBM's artificially intelligent computer.

• State Sen. Randy Vulakovich, chairman of the Communications and Technology Committee, who will talk about the importance of health records exchanges to health care consumers.

Attendees are asked to preregister. More information about the conference can be found at the authority's website.

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