Monday, August 8, 2011

ONC Issues Metadata Standards Proposal

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, which solicits public comments on the metadata standards recommended to it by the HIT Standards Committee.

The metadata standards under consideration relate to:
• Patient Identity Metadata – These metadata relate to patient identity and include: a patient’s name; date of birth; address; zip code; and relevant patient identifier(s).
• Provenance Metadata – These metadata would be used to provide information on the “who, what, where, and when.” Provenance metadata would include: a tagged data element (TDE) identifier; a time stamp; the actor; and the actor’s affiliation.
• Privacy Metadata – Privacy metadata would include a policy pointer and content elements descriptions such as data type (e.g., consultation note) and sensitivity.

ONC will accept public comments up to September 23, 2011.

For more information, please visit ONC's website at The proposed rule may be viewed here:

Source: ONC Release

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