ONC seeks to standardize patient addresses with new Project US@
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced this week that it would soon launch a project to develop unified specifications for addresses in healthcare.
ONC's Project US@ initiative – launched in conjunction with standards development organizations including HL7, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs and X12 – aims to issue a unified, industry-wide specification for representing addresses by the end of 2021.
"As mundane as address may seem it is often one of the key elements used for the purposes of patient matching and linking records," wrote Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT Steven Posnack in a Tuesday blog post explaining the initiative.
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