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Health IT Experts Invited to Contribute to Standards Harmonization Effort

New York, Jun 12, 2007

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) is seeking the participation of qualified experts to support the development of a shared, nationwide health information network (NHIN).

Operating under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the HITSP works to identify the standards necessary to enable the secure exchange of patient data across the NHIN. Last October, the HITSP delivered its first set of formal recommendations (i.e., Interoperability Specifications) to HHS in the areas of electronic health records, biosurveillance, and consumer empowerment. HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt announced his acceptance of the thirty HITSP recommended standards in January.

The HITSP is now actively engaged in standards harmonization to address the latest set of “use cases” identified by the American Health Information Community (AHIC). These include quality, medication management, consumer access to clinical information, emergency responder electronic health records (ER-EHR), as well as security and privacy capabilities. Specifically, the HITSP develops its recommendations through four technical committees:

  • Care Delivery Technical Committee (medication management and ER-EHR use cases)
  • Consumer Empowerment Technical Committee (consumer access to clinical information use case)
  • Population Health Technical Committee (quality use case)
  • Security and Privacy Technical Committee (relevant issues for all use cases)

Qualified industry experts are invited to volunteer to participate in the HITSP and one or more of its technical committees. Requirements for technical committee participation include membership on the panel, as well as experience relating to healthcare information technology (HIT) systems, HIT standards development and implementation, HIT vendors/suppliers, healthcare providers/clinicians/informaticists, and/or subject matter expertise in any of the use case domains. Currently, HITSP technical committees comprise nearly three hundred stakeholders representing consumers, healthcare providers, public health agencies, government agencies, standards development organizations and other stakeholders.

Standing conference calls with web collaboration are the primary means of participation. Dates and times for weekly calls will be provided based on the specific technical committee schedule. Upcoming face-to-face meetings of the HITSP technical committees and its working groups will convene June 18-20 in San Diego, CA, and September 4-6 in Alexandria, VA.

Qualified experts who would like to volunteer for a HITSP technical committee may contact Jessica Kant, standards harmonization coordinator, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) at Additional information on the HITSP is available at

The HITSP is administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, in cooperation with strategic partners including HIMSS, the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Booz Allen Hamilton.

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