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President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President. PCAST makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening the economy and forming policy that works for the American people. PCAST addresses a variety of issues in regular meetings and reports.

The health information technology report "Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward" calls upon the Federal government to facilitate the widespread adoption of a "universal exchange language" that allows for the transfer of relevant pieces of health data while maximizing privacy. The report provides specific recommendations for cultivating an information technology (IT) ecosystem that facilitates the real-time exchange of patient information in order to modernize diagnosis and treatment, improve public health, enhance the privacy and security of personal data, and create new high-technology markets and jobs while catalyzing healthcare-related economic reforms needed to address our Nation's long-term fiscal challenges.