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PCAST: "Universal Exchange Language" Needed

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 13, 2010

A White House report published last week calls for the government to adopt a "universal exchange language that allows for the transfer of relevant pieces of health data while maximizing privacy." In "Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward," the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) calls for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create definitions and descriptions to be included in requirements for meaningful use of electronic health records, according to Government Health IT. PCAST believes that doing so will speed the electronic exchange of patient records.
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