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Standards Panel Announces Open Comment Period on Healthcare IT Documents

New York, May 17, 2007

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), a multi-stakeholder group facilitating the development of interoperable healthcare data standards for the United States, has announced the opening of a four week comment period for two Requirements, Design and Standards Selection (RDSS) documents. Once reviewed, these documents will form the basis of the panel's second set of Interoperability Specifications to be delivered to the American Health Information Community (AHIC) later this year.

The RDSS documents define the requirements and design for the Interoperability Specifications and candidate standards for the AHIC-identified “use cases” relating to emergency responder electronic health records as well as security and privacy capabilities. Comments received will be used to inform the HITSP Technical Committee's ongoing process of standards selection and Interoperability Specification development in these areas.

The following RDSS documents are available via the HITSP website ( for public review and comment through June 14, 2007:

  • HITSP Requirements Design and Standards Selection: Security and Privacy Capabilities for the Version 2.0 Biosurveillance, EHR-Lab and Consumer Empowerment Use Cases

  • HITSP Requirements Design and Standards Selection: Emergency Responder Electronic Health Record (ER-EHR) Use Case

HITSP members and public stakeholders alike are encouraged to review the RDSS documents and to register for the HITSP automated tracking system to record comments. All submissions will be assigned to the appropriate HITSP Technical Committee for action.

The HITSP delivered its first set of Interoperability Specifications to AHIC in October 2006 in the areas of electronic health records, biosurveillance, and consumer empowerment. The Interoperability Specifications provide detailed implementation guidance for standards that satisfy the requirements for data exchange across a shared, health information network. The Panel's recommendations will facilitate the secure exchange of patient data which is consistent with President George W. Bush's call for the widespread availability of electronic health records by 2014.

For more information on the work of the HITSP, to access the RDSS documents, and to record comments, please visit

Operating under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 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 the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Booz Allen Hamilton.

About ANSI
ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute currently administers five standards panels in the areas of biofuels, homeland security, nanotechnology, healthcare information technology, and identity theft prevention and identity management.

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