HIMSS Submits Comments on Proposed Metadata Standards to HHS, ONC

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has submitted comments (pdf) to HHS and ONC on the proposed rules for metadata standards.

HIMSS said ONC should reconsider adopting HL7 CDA R2 document header rather than IHE XDS as the metadata specification. One reason, according to HIMSS, is the XDS specification includes the extensions that ONC identified as necessary in the CDA header. In addition, XDS can support any document type and applies to different architectures for health information exchange.

HIMSS also urged ONC to limit the metadata requirements to information that is necessary to identify the document rather than defining metadata for patient-specific health information.

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