Mirroring proposed changes to the Health IT Policy Committee's workgroups, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT is reorganizing the structure of the Health IT Standards Committee's workgroups and the way the two federal advisory committees interact.
Charged with making recommendations to ONC on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information, the HIT Standards Committee currently includes nine workgroups. However, Doug Fridsma, M.D., ONC's chief science officer and director of the Office of Science and Technology, has called for a reduction in the number of the committee's workgroups from nine to six: steering committee, vocabulary and information models, document and data structure, transport and security, services and APIs, and certification and testing.
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