The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this fall will launch two pilot projects covering the use of metadata to support the electronic exchange of health information.

The pilots follow ONC's publication of an advance notice of rulemaking on August 9 to lay out its initial thoughts and seek public comment prior to 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.

In a new posting on ONC's blog, National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D., explains the two forthcoming pilots to define and deliver standards and services for distributed health queries from patient records, and to use data segmentation of sensitive information to better protect privacy and give consumers more control over their data.


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