The August HIT Standards Committee meeting

August 18, 2011 by MassDevice

Everything you wanted to know about latest health information technology meeting at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

The August meeting of the HIT Standards Committee (the 28th meeting of this FACA) was a milestone in parsimony. As you'll see, we approved a set of vocabulary recommendations and public health standards that represent harmony as well the fewest number of standards possible for the intended purpose.

Since April, we've been working hard on Summer Camp. At our September meeting, we'll wrap up all that work and hand off the finished standards recommendations to ONC for regulation writing.

Per our Summer Camp plan, the August meeting included final recommendations on vocabulary standards for quality measures, final recommendations on all public health transactions, preliminary recommendations on patient matching, and preliminary recommendations on transport/security standards. We also heard from the Standards and Interoperability Framework team about their work and the Implementation Workgroup on their review of Certification Criteria.

This was a powerful meeting, discussing the standards that so many people have been working on for the past decade - one vocabulary standard for each class of data used in quality measures, one approach to public health transactions, one approach to transfer of care summaries, one approach to laboratory results, and a building block approach to data transmission that supports the portfolio of health information exchange options.

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