The Health IT Policy Committee's workgroup on governance is seeking public comment as it develops recommendations on the scope and process of governance for the nationwide health information network.

Issues on which comment is sought include measures to ensure accountability and oversight, and the privacy and security of exchanged information; processes to establish responsibilities for obtaining consent; and including multiple stakeholders in governance, particularly consumers.

The workgroup has a number of questions about the relationship between the private sector and the government in various HIE initiatives, including: Was authority delegated from the government? Did the government oversee either the governance process or the results of the process? Was the government simply participating as a member of the group?

More questions and information on submitting comments by Sept. 24 are available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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