National Health IT Coordinator Wants to Pick Up Pace on Information Exchanges, Interoperability

David Blumenthal, MD, the national health IT coordinator, seeks to quicken the pace on health information exchange after the White House's call for use of standard language in those exchanges, according to a Government Health IT news report.

To address the White House's call, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will form an advisory panel that will determine how to implement ideas shared in the White House report. The advisory panel will make recommendations to the ONC's Health IT Policy and Standards Committees by April, according to the report.

The White House report has pushed for standard language across health information exchanges to be based on extensible markup language so it can be easily read on machines in a structured format that includes codes and controlled vocabulary for each data element.

The report from the White House also proposes health information be broken down into individual pieces that would be labeled with "metadata tags" that describe the data, the patient's preference about his or her personal data and the required protections involved. These data elements should also be capable of being pulled from their original documents, such as problem lists and lab results, to be used for other purposes.

Read the news report about the new advisory panel on standard language and health information exchanges.

Read other coverage about health information exchanges:

- CHRISTUS to Launch Multi-State Health Information Exchange

- White House Calls for Use of Standard Language in Health Information Exchanges

- ONC Announces First Version of Software Allowing Simple Exchanges

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