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HITSP to Hold eTown Hall Webinar on August 27

Presenter Dr. John Halamka addresses HITSP’s efforts to advance ARRA initiatives

New York, Aug 12, 2009

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), a multi-disciplinary coordinating body charged with identifying the technical standards necessary to enable healthcare data interoperability, will hold an eTown Hall webinar on Thursday, August 27, 2009. Participants will hear from John Halamka, M.D., about HITSP’s continuing efforts to address Health Information Technology (HIT) provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Webinar attendees will:

  • Get an update on the final definition of “meaningful use” released by the HIT Policy Committee

  • Examine the relationship between HITSP work products and meaningful use

  • Explore how HITSP will continue to work with the Office of the National Coordinator, the HIT Standards Committee, and the HIT Policy Committee to facilitate the development of needed standards and achieve interoperability

  • Learn more about the next work products for HITSP

In addition to his role as chair of HITSP, Dr. Halamka is vice chair of the HIT Standards Committee, CIO of the CareGroup Health System, CIO and dean for technology at Harvard Medical School, chair of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), CEO of MA-SHARE, and a practicing emergency physician.

This webinar is part of a series of webinars offered by HITSP to inform stakeholders of the Panel’s work and how they can become involved in the future of HIT interoperability. All webinars are free of charge and open to consumers, government representatives and policy makers, healthcare providers, standards developers, vendors, and any other interested stakeholder.

Advance registration is required for the webinar, which will run from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. To register, click here. Participation in the live event requires both telephone and Internet connections. All webinar sessions will be recorded for playback via archives found on

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