Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Next Steps on the HIT Policy and Standards Committees

Last week, ONC formally established the HIT Policy and Standards Committees via publication in the Federal Register. Here are the announcements:

ACTION: Notification of the Establishment of the HIT Policy Committee.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the establishment of the HIT Policy Committee. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5), section 13101, directs the establishment of the HIT Policy Committee. The HIT Policy Committee (also referred to as the
"Committee'') is charged with recommending to the National Coordinator a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that permits the electronic exchange and use of health information as is consistent with the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan and that includes recommendations on the areas in which standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria are needed. The HIT Policy Committee is also charged with recommending to the National Coordinator an order of priority for the development, harmonization, and recognition of such standards, specifications, and certification criteria.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith Sparrow, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, e-mail judy.sparrow@hhs.gov

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Background
The Committee and its staff are governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees.

The Committee shall determine a schedule of meetings following an election of a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members.

II. Criteria for Members
The Committee shall be comprised of the following, including a Chair and Vice Chair, and represent a balance among various sectors of the health care system so that no single sector unduly influences the recommendations of the Committee. Committee members shall be appointed in the following manner:
3 members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1 of whom shall be appointed to represent the Department of Health and Human Services and 1 of whom shall be a public health official;
1 member shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;
1 member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;
1 member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
1 member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;
Such other members as shall be appointed by the President as representatives of other relevant Federal agencies;
13 members shall be appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States of whom-
3 members shall be advocates for patients or consumers;
2 members shall represent health care providers, one of which shall be a physician;
1 member shall be from a labor organization representing health care workers;
1 member shall have expertise in health information privacy and security;
1 member shall have expertise in improving the health of vulnerable populations;
1 member shall be from the research community;
1 member shall represent health plans or other third-party payers;
1 member shall represent information technology vendors;
1 member shall represent purchasers or employers; and
1 member shall have expertise in health care quality measurement and reporting.
Non-federal members of the Committee shall be Special Government
Employees, unless classified as representatives.

III. Copies of the Charter
To obtain a copy of the Committee's charter, submit a written request to the above contact.
Dated: April 23, 2009.
David Blumenthal,
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
[FR Doc. E9-9839 Filed 4-24-09; 4:15 pm]
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ACTION: Notification of the Establishment of the HIT Standards Committee.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the establishment of the HIT Standards Committee. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub. L. 111-5), section 13101, directs the establishment of the HIT Standards Committee. The HIT Standards Committee (also referred to as the "Committee'') is charged with making recommendations to the National Coordinator on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information for purposes of adoption, consistent with the implementation of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, and in accordance with policies developed by the HIT Policy Committee.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith Sparrow, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, e-mail judy.sparrow@hhs.gov

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Background
The Committee and its staff are governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463), as amended, (5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees. The Committee shall determine a schedule of meetings following an election of a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from among its members. An initial meeting of the Committee shall take place not later than 90 days from passage of the ARRA.

II. Criteria for Members
The HIT Standards Committee shall not exceed thirty (30) voting members, including a Chair and Vice Chair, and members are appointed by the Secretary with input from the National Coordinator. Membership of the Committee shall at least reflect providers, ancillary healthcare workers, consumers, purchasers, health plans, technology vendors, researchers, relevant Federal agencies, and individuals with technical expertise on health care quality, privacy and security, and on the electronic exchange and use of health information and shall represent a balance among various sectors of the health care system so that no single sector unduly influences the recommendations of the Committee. Non-Federal members of the Committee shall be Special Government Employees, unless classified as representatives.

III. Copies of the Charter
To obtain a copy of the Committee's charter, submit a written request to the above contact.
Dated: April 23, 2009.
David Blumenthal,
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
[FR Doc. E9-9838 Filed 4-24-09; 4:15 pm]
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We'll hear more about these committees soon, since their meetings are mandated by ARRA to occur in the month of May. Watch the ONC Website for announcements of the meetings and the members to be named.

8 comments:

Alliance4Health said...

2 Comments

1) They have already actually appointed 16 of the 20 people to the Policy committee http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/NHIN-28009-1.html

2) The charter includes an initial budget of $1.2 million per year for travel and compensation for 12 meetings (100,000 per meeting or $5,000 per person per meeting)for 20 people. They also are allocated 4 staff people at a cost of $400,000 a year.

John Halamka said...

Good point. The first thirteen members of the policy committee are described in my blog. The additional three members that have been named are

* House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has appointed Paul Egerman, chair and CEO at eScription Inc., Needham, Mass.

* House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has appointed Gayle Harrell of Stuart, Fla., a former member of the Florida House of Representatives.

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has appointed Frank Nemec, M.D., a Las Vegas-based gastroenterologist.

* Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has not yet announced his appointment.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services will appoint three members of the HIT Policy Committee. President Obama can appoint additional members to represent federal agencies.

Brian Ahier said...

The HIT Policy Committee, established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will hold its first meeting May 11 in Washington. The HIT Standards Committee, created under the same law, will hold its inaugural meeting on May 15, also in Washington.
" HIT Policy, Standards Committees to Meet "

Brian Ahier said...

Sixteen appointments to the policy committee have been announced. Membership in the standards committee has not been announced. According to the published notices of both committees, members will be introduced at the May meetings. "Because of initial delays in processing members' nominations, the 15-day deadline for notification was not met." My hope is that NeHC will evolve to become a part of the HIT Standards Committee.

HIT Standards and Policy Committees

jcooley said...

Have the members of the Standards Committee been appointed and are there still available slots? I looked on the ONC site and tried to find the answer.

Thanks.

Brian Ahier said...

My hope is that NeHC will eventually become a BIG part of the HIT Standards Committee. See my post at
Ahier's BlogNo one has been named yet, but I think we will see movement very soon...

Brian Ahier said...

John has been named Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee!!!
:-D

Football Matches said...

The HIT Policy Committee, established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will hold its first meeting May 11 in Washington. The HIT Standards Committee, created under the same law, will hold its inaugural meeting on May 15, also in Washington.


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