December 21, 2010 – The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has published a request for public comment on a recent report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommending an overhaul of how health information is exchanged.

This piece of news was found on iHealthBeat in their article titled, “ONC Requests Input on New Report on Health Data Exchange Policies.” The report calls for the development of “universal exchange language” to facilitate health data sharing while strengthening the privacy and security of health information. This proposed universal language would break data into individual units of data accompanied by metatagging to indicate how the information should be used.

ONC is seeking comments on various aspects of the report, including standards and processes to support metadata and tagged data elements and the challenges associated with such a transition.

Melody K. Smith

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