By Joseph Goedert

The American Health Information Management Association is calling for establishment of a National Health Data Stewardship Entity. Supporting the exchange of health information, the entity would promote standards for uniform and consistent data.

"This NHDSE would coordinate the bodies that support the life cycle and collection of data exchanged over electronic and other health information exchange systems and the data stored in a variety of repositories or registries," according to a statement from Chicago-based AHIMA. "Currently there is no universal authoritative source, law or regulation that addresses and defines stakeholder rights and responsibilities, and further ensures consistency and integrity in data collection (including common data definitions), distribution and storage that allows for appropriate use of such data."

For the complete AHIMA statement, which covers principals and guidelines; data access, use and control; and recommendations, click here.

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