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Health IT Standards Committee

Health IT Standards Committee: Recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT

The Health IT Standards Committee, a federal advisory committee, provides recommendations on health IT standards issues to the National Coordinator for his consideration. Therefore, a formal transmittal letter must transmit the recommendations from the Standards Committee to the National Coordinator in his role as an HHS official. Once the FACA has been satisfied (i.e., a transmittal letter sent from the Standards Committee’s Chair to the National Coordinator in his governmental role), the National Coordinator can then determine the disposition of the recommendations.

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March 23, 2013

The HIT Standards Committee’s (HITSC) Privacy and Security Workgroup prepared recommendations on the privacy and security criteria for EHR Modules. The recommendations below were presented to the HITSC on December 19, 2012 and accepted for transmittal to the National Coordinator.

Beginning on September 7, 2012, ONC began releasing the 2014 Edition Draft Test Method in waves (seven total waves). Following the posting of each wave, there was a two week public comment period per wave. At the end of each public comment period, ONC provided a summary of the comments to the HIT Standards Committee’s (HITSC) Implementation Workgroup (IWG) for review. From this summary, the IWG prepared recommendations that were not captured in the public comments. No recommendations were provided if the public comments were comprehensive for a specific certification criterion. From October 12 – December 10, 2012, the IWG reviewed waves one through four which included 36 of the 47 test procedures. The IWG 2014 Edition Draft Test Method recommendations below were presented to the HITSC on December 19, 2012 and accepted for transmittal to the National Coordinator.

November 2, 2012

The HIT Standards Committee provided comments prepared in response to the Federal Drug Administration’s Unique Device Identification System Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Making which were approved by the Standards Committee on October 17, 2012.

August 30, 2012

The HIT Standards Committee's Nationwide Health Information Network Power Team developed recommendations for standards evaluation criteria. 

July 16, 2012

The HIT Standards Committee's Vocabulary Task Force developed recommendations for the use of vocabulary standards by measure developers.

June 27, 2012

The HIT Standards Committee provided comments regarding the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Nationwide Health Information Network: Conditions for Trusted Exchange Request for Information (RFI).

June 8, 2012

The HIT Standards Committee’s Clinical Quality Workgroup made recommendations that were approved by the HITSC at the May 24, 2012, meeting. The recommendations have been transmitted to the National Coordinator.

May 7, 2012

The HIT Standards Committee provided comments regarding the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Standards and Certification Criteria (S&CC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition.

January 17, 2012

The HIT Standards Committee provided recommendations regarding the development of the Certification Process for Stage 2 MU. These recommendations were approved on November 16.

October 21, 2011

The HIT Standards Committee endorsed recommendations of its Privacy and Security Workgroup on security-related certification criteria, standards and implementation specifications for EHR certification. These recommendations are complementary to those endorsed on September 28.

September 28, 2011

On September 28, the HIT Standards Committee made recommendations to the National Coordinator/HHS regarding standards and specifications for the nationwide health information network.

The HIT Standards Committee also made recommendations to  the National Coordinator/HHS on: 1) e-prescribing of discharge medications; 2) public health content exchange standards and implementation specifications; and 3) draft certification criteria and associated standards and implementation  specifications for EHR technology certification to support the next stage of  meaningful use.

September 9, 2011

The HIT Standards Committee made recommendations to the National Coordinator/HHS on the assignment of code sets to clinical concepts [data elements] for use in quality measures.

The HIT Standards Committee’s Clinical Quality Measures Workgroup and Vocabulary Task Force jointly made recommendations that were approved by the HITSC at the August 17, 2011, meeting. The recommendations have been transmitted to the National Coordinator.

June 23, 2011

On June 22, 2011, the HIT Standards Committee endorsed recommendations on newer versions of the standard code sets adopted by the Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) in subpart B of Part 170 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

On June 22, 2011, the HIT Standards Committee endorsed recommendations for provenance metadata accompanying clinical data.

April 28, 2011

The HIT Standards Committee made recommendations to the National Coordinator/HHS on standards for governance, funding and infrastructure of controlled vocabularies, value sets and vocabulary subsets to be used primarily to further interoperability between providers and the systems they deploy as defined by the various stages of Meaningful Use Objectives.

The HIT Standards Committee’s Clinical Operations Workgroup/Vocabulary Task Force recommendations were approved by the HITSC at the April 2010 meeting, and the recommendations have been transmitted to the National Coordinator.

April 12, 2011

The HIT Standards Committee made recommendations to the National Coordinator/HHS on the use of digital certificates, specifically recommendations on the requirements and evaluation criteria for digital certificates.

The HIT Standards Committee's Privacy & Security Standards Workgroup's recommendations were approved by the HITSC at the April 2011 meeting, and the recommendations have been transmitted to the National Coordinator.

March 4, 2010

The HIT Standards Committee made recommendations to the National Coordinator on (1) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding CMS’ incentive program for the meaningful use of EHRs; and (2) the Interim Final Rule (IFR) on Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for EHRs.

The recommendations from the Clinical Operations, Clinical Quality, and Privacy & Security Workgroups were approved by the HIT Standards Committee at its February 2010 meeting. The HIT Standards Committee recommendations have been transmitted to the National Coordinator.

August 20, 2009

The HIT Standards Committee made recommendations to the National Coordinator/HHS on appropriate quality measures for the 2011 Meaningful Use Measures; on content and vocabulary standards supporting Meaningful Use for 2011 as well as a gradual transition plan to 2013; and on privacy and security standards and related Meaningful Use measures.

The recommendations from Clinical Quality, Clinical Operations, and Privacy & Security Workgroups were approved by the HIT Standards Committee at its August 2009 meeting. The HIT Standards Committee recommendations have been transmitted to the National Coordinator.