The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today awarded seven organizations a total of $1.5 million to test selected clinical interoperability standards for health IT in priority areas. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center received a portion of the funds to explore the cost efficiencies of integrating health care and clinical research systems with the medical center’s electronic health record. “We are excited to support these innovative projects that advance the use of common standards to improve care, particularly in the categories of comprehensive medication management, laboratory data exchange, and care coordination,” said National Coordinator for Health Information Technology B. Vindell Washington, M.D.