The Office of the National Coordinator's plan to require use of EHR metadata in Stage 2 of the meaningful use program is premature, according to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, a federal advisory body.

ONC in August issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, laying out its initial thoughts about metadata and seeking public comment. Adoption of EHR metadata standards, which the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has advocated, could help improve data exchange and would enable patients to segregate parts of their medical records, such as self-paid treatment for sensitive conditions.

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