When the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on December 8 recommended adoption of a "universal exchange language" to facilitate the exchange of health information while protecting privacy, I thought, "This is a game changer for meaningful use."

The belief was strengthened when six days later National HIT Coordinator David Blumenthal told the HIT Policy Committee that the Obama administration strongly supports the recommendation and the committee needs to start seriously looking at the issue as it develops future meaningful use criteria. AND, Blumenthal's office recently asked for public comments on how a quick transition in HIE policies and technologies would affect Stage 2 meaningful use criteria.

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