The Health IT Policy and Standards Committees, established in accordance with the federal advisory committee act (FACA), meet jointly on an as needed basis and collaborate to provide recommendations on health IT issues to the National Coordinator for Health IT for consideration. A formal transmittal letter must transmit the recommendations from the HITSC and HITPC to the National Coordinator. Once the FACA has been satisfied (i.e., a transmittal letter sent from the committees to the National Coordinator), the National Coordinator can then determine the disposition of the recommendations.
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May 19, 2017
At the joint committee meeting on March 30, 2017 the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards Committees approved recommendations from the Public Health Task Force to help inform public health issues and challenges related to health IT. Specifically, recommendations were made regarding how to better assist in the standardization of pregnancy status data, clinical decision support in health IT systems, and case management in public health settings—which are important components to addressing many public health challenges. Zika was used as the use case for these recommendations.
September 13, 2016
At the Joint Committee Meeting on September 13, 2016, the Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee approved recommendations from the Interoperability Experience Task Force regarding the most impactful policy, technical, and public-private approaches that could be implemented to improve the interoperability experience for providers and patients.
July 8, 2016
At the Joint Committee Meeting on May 17, 2016, the Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee approved recommendations from the Application Programming Interface (API) Task Force regarding privacy and security issues concerning the use of open APIs in healthcare.
June 27, 2016
At the Joint Committee Meeting on June 23, 2016, the Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee approved comments from the Quaity Payment Program Task Force on the Quality Payment Program (QPP), principally the Merit-based Incentives Payment System (MIPS), which are designed to implement statutes included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), enacted in April 2015.
March 17, 2016
At the Joint Committee Meeting on January 20, 2016, the Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee approved recommendations from the Certified Technology Comparison Task Force regarding the benefits and resources needed to develop and maintain a certified health IT comparison tool.
January 20, 2015
At the Joint Committee Meeting on October 15, 2014, the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards Committee approved recommendations from the JASON Task Force in response to the JASON report.