What is the HITAC?
The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) was established in the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) and is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees.
What does the HITAC do?
The HITAC recommends to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria. HITAC has focused on four target areas as defined in the Cures Act: Interoperability, Privacy and Security, Patient Access to Information, and Use of Technologies that Support Public Health.
HITAC Member Appointments and Affiliations
32 Members as of January 2020
Congressional AppointmentsTwo from each party in House/Senate
GAO AppointmentsFour patient advocate/consumer members
8 Subcommittees as of January 2020
ONC Cures Act Proposed Rule Task Forces
- Information Blocking Task Force
- Health IT for the Care Continuum Task Force
- Conditions and Maintenance of Certification Requirements Task Force
- U.S. Core Data for Interoperability Task Force
- Trusted Exchange Framework Task Force
- Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Task Force
- Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force
- Annual Report Workgroup
217 Total Transmitted Recommendations to the National Coordinator
- Information Blocking: 60
- Health IT for the Care Continuum: 16
- Conditions and Maintenance of Certification: 36
- U.S. Core Data for Interoperability – Phase 1: 32, Phase 2: 10
- Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement – Draft 2: 28
- Trusted Exchange Framework: 26
- U.S. Core Data for Interoperability: 9
Other HITAC Deliverables as of January 2020
- HITAC Policy Framework
- Priority Uses of Health Information Technology Report
- HITAC Annual Report for FY18
Previous Federal Advisory Committees
The work of the previous Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee can be found here: