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Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 5:01 am •  Published: November 14, 2012

The Greater New Orleans exchange is talking with other hospitals and a planned connection with the Louisiana Health Information Exchange, is close, he said. "We expect it to be by the end of this year."

The state exchange has signed up more than 100 hospitals, clinics and medical groups but only four are currently able to exchange information, according to a list on its website. Those are Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Surgical Center, Madison Parish Hospital in Tallulah and Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop.

Those signed up include Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Christus Schumpert hospitals around the state, and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.

Khurshid said it is not clear whether Ochsner Health Systems, which is based in suburban New Orleans but has a number of its eight hospitals and 35 clinics outside the metro area, would be in the state or the New Orleans exchange.

Federal recovery money has paid for the exchanges so far. Khurshid said he doesn't know when LaHIE's federal grants expire, but knows that LaHIE plans to collect fees from its members. GNOHIE is still working on what will happen when its federal money runs out in the middle of 2013, he said.