Feds seek members for new health IT advisory panel

The 21st Century Cures Act seeks to develop new policies and standards to support an interoperable health IT technology infrastructure that enhances use and exchange of data while supporting research into new medical breakthroughs.

To support these efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking applications from industry stakeholders to serve on the new Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.

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The committee will have 25 members, with 14 appointed by the General Accountability Office and 11 members appointed by HHS and congressional leaders.

The panel replaces two federal advisory boards—the Health IT Policy Committee and the Health IT Standards Committee—that were developed under the HITECH Act to guide the rapid adoption of electronic health records systems.

Members of the new committee will serve for three years without pay but be provided per diem and travel costs. Applications, which should include a short biography, current resume or CV, contact information and two letters of support, are due by 12 p.m. ET on August 4.

HHS is seeking applicants representing public health, providers, ancillary healthcare workers, consumers, purchasers, health plans, technology vendors, researchers, federal agencies, and experts on privacy/security, electronic exchange and use of health information.

The application is available here.

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