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ONC launches project to query EHRs for population health data

Government Health IT, September 8, 2011
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched its Query Health project to come up with the standards and services to enable providers to send information requests and questions about population health to a variety of places where it is held, primarily certified electronic health records. Providers will distribute their requests through network data partners, who will deliver the query through a standard clinical information model and then securely return the results to the requester. The goal is for healthcare providers to be able to ask the data questions about population and public health, quality and research and learn from the information, said Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, in announcing the project this week. With the establishment of certified electronic health records reaching critical mass and an emerging electronic infrastructure, it is possible for the first time to consider broad uses of distributed population queries and other complex data activities.

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