The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is backing away from a proposal to establish a governance mechanism for the emerging Nationwide Health Information Network.

ONC issued a request for information in May and expressed its desire for common rules expressing technical, privacy and security, and business practice requirements to create a consistent trust baseline for stakeholders. “In the absence of national guidance, states and other private sector stakeholders/consortiums are beginning to develop state/consortium-unique and potentially conflicting governance approaches to electronic health information exchange,” ONC contended in an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

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