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Standards Panel Announces Open Comment Period on Health IT Documents

New York, Sep 19, 2007

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), a multi-stakeholder group facilitating the development of interoperable healthcare data standards for the United States, is seeking public comment on documents that will form the basis of the panel’s next set of recommendations to the American Health Information Community (AHIC).

The documents undergoing review address issues of quality, medication management, and consumer access to clinical information. Comments received will inform the HITSP technical committees’ ongoing process of standards selection. The input will also assist in the development of detailed guidance documents that will facilitate the implementation of standards to support the secure exchange of patient data across a nationwide health information network.

Stakeholders are encouraged to review the public review documents, which can be found on the HITSP website (, and to submit comments using the automated tracking system through Tuesday, October 16, 2007:

Questions regarding the process for review may be addressed to Michelle Maas Deane, HITSP secretariat, at Industry experts interested in participating in the work of the HITSP and one or more of its technical committees may contact Jessica Kant, standards harmonization coordinator, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) at

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) in cooperation with strategic partners including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Booz Allen Hamilton. The HITSP delivered its first set of formal recommendations (i.e., Interoperability Specifications) to AHIC in October 2006.

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. The Institute currently administers five standards panels in the areas of healthcare information technology, biofuels, homeland security, nanotechnology, and identity theft prevention and identity management.

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