The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched Query Health, an initiative to establish standards for querying widely distributed data sources such as electronic health records.

Three workgroups, with membership being solicited, will cover business, clinical, and technical implementation issues. The business work group will handle privacy, security, consent, sustainability, data use arrangements and best practices. The clinical work group will develop use cases, functional requirements, and standards for an information model, query syntax and results expression. The technical workgroup is responsible for implementation of Query Health and support of pilot projects.

Electronic health records vendors that have committed to Query Health include Allscripts, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway Medical, Healthland, McKesson, Medicomp, MedPlus, NaviNet, NextGen and Siemens, among others.

More information is available at A list of participating provider organizations, health information exchanges and software vendors is available here.


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