HHS seeks ap­pli­ca­tions for new health IT com­mit­tee

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Rachel Z. Arndt

Would-be mem­bers of the Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee have just a few days to get their ap­pli­ca­tions in to the Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, as the Aug. 4 dead­line ap­proaches.

HHS is ask­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions for two of the three mem­bers it will ap­point to the com­mit­tee, es­tab­lished by the 21st Cen­tury Cures Act to rec­om­mend poli­cies, stan­dards and other dig­i­tal health guid­ance to the ONC.

The 21st Cen­tury Cures Act stip­u­lates that of the three HHS ap­pointees, one rep­re­sents HHS and one is a pub­lic health of­fi­cial.

Other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee are named by the Govern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice and by mem­bers of Congress, who have al­ready ap­pointed Sut­ter Health clin­i­cal in­for­mati­cist Dr. Steven Lane, Nor­ton Health­care Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Steve Ready and Nan­tHealth founder Dr. Pa­trick Soon-Shiong.

The new com­mit­tee re­places the Health IT Pol­icy Com­mit­tee and the Health IT Stan­dards Com­mit­tee.

Per the 21st Cen­tury Cures Act, the new panel will look into, among other top­ics, health IT in­fra­struc­ture, “ex­ist­ing gaps in poli­cies and re­sources” for in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, and how to make dig­i­tal health in­for­ma­tion travel more ef­fec­tively among users.




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