Wednesday, September 9, 2009

HIT Standards Committee Recommendations Public Input Process

Please see the Privacy and Security criteria listed in #3 of this release:

As part of the ARRA, ONC is required to publicize the HIT Standards Committee recommendations in the Federal Register and also provide for public input. Below is information on the public input process.

HIT Standards Committee Recommendations: During the August 20, 2009, meeting, the Committee’s recommendations focused on the following areas: Clinical Quality, Clinical Operations, and Privacy and Security. All recommendations may be found at http://HealthIT.hhs.gov/ standardscommittee. In addition, specific URLs for each recommendation have been listed below.

I. Clinical Quality

A. Background

The Clinical Quality recommendations pertain to the appropriate standardized performance measures that correspond to the HIT Policy Committee’s 2011 Meaningful Use Measures. The recommendations include 30 quality performance measures and the data types required for each, of which National Quality Forum (NQF)-endorsed measures can either be retooled for use in an Electronic Health Record (EHR) or will require attestation for the foreseeable future.

B. Recommendations:

http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_10741_880489_0_0_18/2011%20Measure%20Recommendations_Clinical%20Quality%20Workgroup_08202009.pdf

II. Clinical Operations:

A. Background

The Clinical Operations recommendations focus on standards for 2011 Meaningful Use, including quality data reporting, messaging formats, and all the vocabularies necessary for semantic interoperability.

B. Recommendations:

http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_10741_880490_0_0_18/Ferguson_Clinical%20Operations%20WG%20Recommendations%20Revised%20Summary.pdf

III. Privacy and Security:

A. Background

The Privacy and Security recommendations focus on authentication, authorization, auditing and secure data transmission standards as well as Meaningful Use measures related to HIPAA compliance.

B. Recommendations:

http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_10741_880497_0_0_18/PRIVACY%20AND%20SECURITY%20STANDARDS%20APPLICABLE%20TO%20ARRA%20REQUIREMENTS.pdf

Procedure: Individuals wishing to make comments on the Committee’s August 20, 2009, recommendations may present oral comments at the Committee’s next meeting on September 15, 2009, from approximately 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m./Eastern Time, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20008. Comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person. A separate notice announcing this meeting has been published in the Federal Register and provides additional information.