The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $2 million to the Association of Public Health Laboratories to provide technical assistance to advance electronic exchange of laboratory data. The award is funded as a cooperative agreement through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The cooperative agreement will support technical assistance to state health departments, public health laboratories and hospitals to help them link disparate laboratory reporting systems. The grant period extends for 24 months beginning July 1, 2010.
The Association of Public Health Laboratories is a national non-profit located in Silver Spring, Md., that works with members to strengthen governmental laboratories with a public health mandate.