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Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel Convenes to Advance NHIN


New York, Mar 13, 2006

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) approved today a set of “Tier One” high-level standards readiness criteria that helps to lay the foundation for a national shared healthcare information system.

Established in September 2005 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under a contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Panel’s mission is to assist in the development of a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) by addressing the standards-related issues impacting the harmonization of healthcare data and networks.

In addition to the criteria proposed by its committee on harmonization readiness, the Panel considered the latest findings and recommendations from its groups studying existing standards inventories and the international healthcare IT standards landscape. The panel also heard an update from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONCHIT) on the activities of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), its workgroups, and the progress of the standards-based network prototype for the NHIN.

“Harmonizing standards to support AHIC Breakthroughs is not about choosing winners and losers. It’s about identifying the most appropriate standard for each specific use case using objective criteria,” said Dr. John Halamka, chair of the HITSP and chief information officer at Harvard Medical School.

A cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors, the HITSP’s membership has grown to include nearly 170 organizations representing healthcare providers, public health agencies, consumers, government agencies, standards developing organizations, and other stakeholders.

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