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

The White House has called for a standardized language for use in health information exchanges so that healthcare providers can share information in real time, according to a Government Health IT news report.

In order to achieve such a standardized language, the White House is calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop definitions and descriptions for the language. The White House says the standardized language should also be included in the requirements for meaningful use in 2013 and 2015, according to the news report.

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is putting increased pressure on output of standards so healthcare providers can quickly start the exchange of patient records. David Blumenthal, MD, national health IT coordinator, said the ONC has already started developing universal standards to achieve interoperability and communication across all electronic health record systems.

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. This method allows for a more "sophisticated privacy model, in which privacy rules, policies, and patient preferences are bound to each separated tagged data element," according to the report.

Read the Government Health IT news report about the White House report about health IT standards.

Read other coverage about health IT:

- HHS Seeks public Recommendations on Stage 2, Stage 3 Meaningful Use Quality Measures

- Healthcare IT in List of Top 10 Dangerous Technologies

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