Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Update On HIT Policy and Standards Committees

Last week the Federal Register (April 29, 2009) contained a Notification of the Establishment of the HIT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee. I had previously posted about the creation of these committee and recommended suggested members.

More information will be made available via the "new" Health Information Technology website of the Office of the National Coordinator.

The summary of the notice on establishing the HIT Policy Committee states:
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.
The notice outlines the criteria for members of the HIT Policy Commitee and states that the appointments shall be made in the following manner:
  • 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.

The summary of the notice on establishing the HIT Standards Committee states:
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.
The notice outlines the criteria for members of the HIT Standards Commitee and states that the appointments shall be made in the following manner:
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.
Thanks for the tip on the issuance of the notice to John Halamka at Life as a Healthcare CIO: Next Steps on the HIT Policy and Standards Committees.



UPDATE (5/7/09): Brian Ahier (@ahier) provides the latest update on with information on the first meetings of the HIT Policy Committee on May 11 and HIT Standards Committee meeting on May 15. Brian also provides links to the announcment by the GAO of 13 of the members of the HIT Policy Committee.

The announcment includes a list of the 13 members appointed by the Acting Comptroller General covering 10 different categories:

Advocates for Patients or Consumers

1. Christine Bechtel, Washington, D.C. (3 year term)
Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families

2. Arthur Davidson, M.D., Denver Colorado (2 year term)
Denver Public Health Department; Director, Public Health Informatics; Director, Denver Center for Public Health Preparedness; Medical epidemiologist; Director, HIV/AIDS Surveillance, City and County of Denver

3. Adam Clark, Ph.D., Austin, Texas (1 year term)
Director of Research and Policy, Lance Armstrong Foundation

Representatives of Health Care Providers, including 1 physician

4. Marc Probst, Salt Lake City, Utah (3 year term)
Chief Information Officer, Intermountain Healthcare

5. Paul Tang, M.D., Mountain View, California (2 year term)
Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Labor Organization Representing Health Care Workers

6. Scott White, New York City, New York (1 year term)
Assistant Director, Technology Project Director, 1199 SEIU Training and Employment Fund

Expert in Health Information Privacy & Security

7. LaTanya Sweeney, Ph.D., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (3 year term)
Director, Data Privacy Lab, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Technology and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Expert in Improving the Health of Vulnerable Populations

8. Neil Calman, M.D., New York City, New York (2 year term)
President and CEO, The Institute for Family Health, Inc.
Research Community

9. Connie Delaney, R.N., Ph.D., Minneapolis, Minnesota (1 year term)
Dean, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

Representative of Health Plans or Other Third-Party Payers

10. Charles Kennedy, M.D., Camarillo, California (3 year term)
Vice President, Health Information Technology, Wellpoint, Inc.
Representative of Information Technology Vendors

11. Judith Faulkner, Verona, Wisconsin (2 year term)
Founder, CEO, President, Chairman of the Board, Epic Systems Corporation
Representative of Purchasers or Employers

12. David Lansky, Ph.D., San Francisco, California (1 year term)
President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health

Expert in Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting

13. David Bates, M.D., Boston, Massachusetts (3 year term)
Medical Director for Clinical and Quality Analysis, Chief of General Internal Medicine, Partners HealthCare/Brigham & Women’s Hospital

More information on the upcoming meetings:

1 comment:

Brian Ahier said...

Thanks for the link! We will be tweeting from the Standards Committee meeting tomorrow morning also using hashtag #HITpol