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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.

NCMA Podcasts Offer Twice-Monthly Insights into Contract Management
The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, produces a free podcast for all stakeholders interested in learning more about contract management.

“The Voice of Contract Management” covers a variety of topics that affect those in the field, including regulatory updates and crucial changes to the industry. Recent episodes have delved into COVID-19 enforcement trends, Draft NIST Special Publication NIST SP 800-172 on enhanced security requirements for protecting controlled unclassified information, Section 889 developments, and information on the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.

New episodes are released twice a month. Visit NCMA’s website to learn more and access the free podcasts on demand.

SMPTE Publishes MESA's Language Metadata Table Standard, Providing Needed Codes for 200 Languages

SMPTE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, announced this month that it is collaborating with the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA), a community of media technology executives, to co-develop the Language Metadata Table (LMT) standard. SMPTE reports that this is the first project that it has undertaken to electronically publish machine-readable metadata as a standard that is expected to be used operationally rather than by application developers.

The language codes serve to support media companies, content owners, video service providers, and others who need standardized distinctions between spoken and written language and consistent codes.

“SMPTE’s work on LMT is a crucial step in addressing the broad challenges and complexities around sharing data and content in the media and entertainment industry. We are grateful to MESA for choosing SMPTE as a home for this standard,” said Bruce Devlin, VP of SMPTE standards. “Anyone involved in International distribution will greatly improve their media asset management workflows thanks to the new standardized language codes this introduces.”

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GS1 Collaborates with Industry and Government to Improve Food Traceability
GS1, an ANSI member, has announced that it is collaborating with the FDA in its new initiative to promote a safe and visible food supply chain.

The “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” FDA initiative centers on a blueprint outlining four foundational components that can help create a more digital, traceable, and safer food system:

  • Standardization of critical tracking events and key data elements that help the food system use consistent traceability language
  • Use of existing consensus standards where possible to enable industry compliance with the FDA’s traceability regulation
  • Promotion of and participation in governance and harmonization with U.S. and international regulatory counterparts through bodies such as GS1 and Codex
  • Work with standards bodies, technology providers, and users to promote interoperability, ensuring systems that can work together as a foundational component

GS1 has been working with the FDA and industry to support this initiative and the use of GS1 standards to digitize the supply chain. Learn more about their involvement in GS1’s news item.

Kaiser Permanente Panel Offers Thoughts on Future of Telehealth
Kaiser Permanente, an ANSI member, recently hosted a panel discussion where experts weighed in on trends and opportunities in telehealth.

In "Virtual Care," part of the organization's ThoughtCAST digital event series, thought leaders discussed how the rapid shift to virtual care in response to COVID-19 has increased the adoption of telehealth, decreased exposure to risk, and preserved personal protective equipment. Since March, telephone and video telehealth appointments have accounted for 80% of all outpatient care visits, whereas only 15% of visits were telehealth prior to the pandemic.

“We have the opportunity to reexamine all of our prior assumptions, all of our prior care delivery models, and turn them on their head, because we have the opportunity to apply technology and digital tools in new ways to meet patients where they are, not where we are,” said Bill Marsh, vice president, care delivery information technology for The Permanente Federation.

Read more and watch a recording of the panel discussion on Kaiser Permanente's website.

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