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Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel Gathers for Full Meeting

New York, Jan 04, 2006

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) will hold its first full meeting of 2006 tomorrow in Arlington, VA.

The panel will receive an update from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on activities to date and the "Breakthrough areas" that are under consideration by the American Health Information Community (AHIC). Reports from two of the panel’s committees – the Charter/Governance Committee and the Use Case Committee – will include an overview of the overall process for reviewing and approving instances in support of the Breakthrough areas identified by AHIC.

The meeting will also include a report from the December 13 HITSP Board of Directors meeting, which included the approval of the governing document put forth by the HITSP Charter/Governance Committee defining HITSP operating procedures. The full panel will vote to approve the revised charter.

The board of directors was elected by the panel at the September 27-28, 2005, inaugural meeting and represent standards developing organizations (SDO), non-SDO stakeholder organizations, government agencies, and consumer organizations. Dr. John Halamka of Harvard Medical School has been selected as board chairman.

Representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be on hand to give a demonstration of the NIST Health Care Standards Landscape (HCSL), or “Landscape,” which provides a Web-based tool for publishing and finding information on healthcare standards, organizations, and related references. The Landscape can assist in standards development, coordination, implementation, adoption and use by developers, users, and other stakeholders.

The panel was established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to facilitate the harmonization of consensus-based standards necessary to enable the widespread interoperability of healthcare information in the United States. Comprised of a wide range of stakeholders, the Panel will assist in the development of the U.S. Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) by addressing issues such as privacy and security within a shared healthcare information system.

A webcast of the January 5 HITSP meeting will be available via under the Meetings Section. Users will require Real Player to view the webcast.

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