The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology formally introduced its Query Health data-sharing program. The program is part of its standards and interoperability framework—an initiative to promote health information exchange.
ONC launches Query Health data-sharing program
The ONC also has scheduled an S&I Framework Face-to-Face, a two-day meeting Oct. 18-19 in Arlington, Va., "to accelerate our progress and create better work products collaboratively," according to a notice on its website.
According to a recent blog post by ONC head Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the Query Health initiative "aims to define and deliver the standards and services for distributed population health queries from certified electronic health records and community records" created in the routine course of patient care.
The queries "will enable population analyses to inform both clinical and payment strategies" for health systems and practices, Mostashari said, in support of provisions of both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which created the federal EHR incentive program, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The initiative also will give providers the opportunity to calculate quality measures for populations, he added.
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