The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched Query Health, an initiative to establish standards for querying widely distributed data sources such as electronic health records.

Three workgroups, with membership being solicited, will cover business, clinical, and technical implementation issues. The business work group will handle privacy, security, consent, sustainability, data use arrangements and best practices. The clinical work group will develop use cases, functional requirements, and standards for an information model, query syntax and results expression. The technical workgroup is responsible for implementation of Query Health and support of pilot projects.

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