The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently commended the US Department of Health and Human Services for its $162 million investment in completing a national health-information exchange.

The AHIMA, which represents health-information managers, called the awards to the final 16 states “its single biggest step toward a national health information [exchange] and the universal acceptance of electronic health records within our nation’s health care delivery system.”

The investment extends funding for health-information exchange throughout the country, and should lead to easier access of personal health information, according to the AHIMA.