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April 27, 2007

Robert M. Kolodner, MD, has been named head of the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...CMS has launched "DOQ-IT University"...The Indiana Healthcare Exchange, launched in 2004 and with roots that go back more than a decade, is a certified success...

• Robert M. Kolodner, MD, has been named head of the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Kolodner has served as the interim national coordinator for health IT since last September.

• CMS has launched "DOQ-IT University" to support the adoption of health information technology in physicians' offices. This is an interactive, Web-based tool aimed at small and medium-sized practices.

• The Indiana Healthcare Exchange, launched in 2004 and with roots that go back more than a decade, is a certified success. It's now handling about a million messages a month between 4,000 physicians and eight healthcare systems in Indianapolis. The RHIO says it's saving about $6 million annually by eliminating duplicate tests and other administrative costs.