National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo wants to see changes made to the Health IT Policy Committee's current "somewhat siloed" workgroup structure. In a meeting last week of the HIT Policy Committee, DeSalvo called for fewer workgroups but expansion of their scopes so that they are more "strategic and forward-thinking" with the restructuring slated to begin in May for a couple of the workgroups and the rest of the transition continuing this summer.
The HIT Policy Committee workgroups meet periodically to address important policy questions, present findings at committee meetings, and make recommendations to the committee. The workgroups that DeSalvo has proposed include: HIT Strategic Planning; Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use; HIT Implementation, Usability and Safety; and Interoperability and Health Information Exchange. She said the privacy/security and consumer workgroups will continue in a "matrix conversation" with the other workgroups.
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