A task force of the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT held a second listening session August 5 with stakeholders to get feedback on a report concluding the lack of interoperability among data resources for electronic health records is a major barrier to information exchange.

An independent group of scientists called JASON, convened by contractor MITRE Corp. to advise the government, published the report which was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Authors recommend the government establish a “comprehensive, transparent and overarching software architecture” that would create an open, interoperable health data infrastructure. Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for HIT, has encouraged stakeholders to take a look at the JASON report's recommendations and to provide their feedback.

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