The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced four contracts totaling $18.6 million to four groups of health-care IT vendors, services firms, and health-care providers to use to develop prototypes for a national health information highway.
West Virginia will be participating as a part of a three state consortia headed by Accenture. Accenture will be working with Apelon, Cisco, CGI-AMS, Creative Computing Solutions, eTech Security Pro, Intellithought, Lucent Glow, Oakland Consulting Group, Oracle, and Quovadx.
The consortia will cover the following health market areas: Eastern Kentucky Regional Health Community (Kentucky); CareSpark (Tennessee); and West Virginia eHealth Initiative (West Virginia).
More evidence that there in interest and initiative from the federal government down to the state and local level for a push to convert the traditionally paper based health record system to one that is electronically based.