The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in August announced it would launch pilot programs covering the use of metadata to support the electronic exchange of health information. Now, ONC says the Data Segmentation Initiative will start on Oct. 5 with a Web seminar.

The goal of the program is to enable providers to share portions of an electronic health record while segregating certain sensitive information, such as substance abuse treatment.

ONC on August 9 issued an advanced notice of rulemaking on adoption of metadata standards to support the electronic exchange of health information. The notice is a first step toward implementing certain recommendations from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology made last December to use metadata to give patients more control over the exchange of their medical information.

"The ONC Data Segmentation Initiative is now open for anyone to join," says Joy Pritts, ONC chief privacy officer, in a new blog posting. "This community will meet frequently by webinar and teleconference, and has access to a Wiki page to facilitate discussion and the harmonization of data standards."

The blog and additional information are available here.


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