The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT reminds stakeholders that public comment is due by Sept. 23 on adoption of metadata standards to support the electronic exchange of health information.

ONC on August 9 published an "advance notice of proposed rulemaking," on metadata standards. An advance notice lays out an agency's initial thoughts about a policy issue and seeks public comment that will influence development of a proposed rule.

The notice is a first step toward implementing certain recommendations from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, particularly focused on including some degree of metadata in Stages 2 and 3 of electronic health records meaningful use criteria.


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