Hi Peter, Everyone,
I am sorry to have missed yesterday's sessions, but earlier this
week I posted the following article to the OASIS International Health
Continuum TC list, which I am copying with this message, too, in hopes
that, perhaps they will notice the next message I will be sending
them, a forwarding of Peter's announcement of next week's Ontolog
session. I hope I can attend that meeting, but it will be the same
situation for me with my commitment to the WSRP TC, where we are
closing in on v2.0 for its initial public comment period. Regardless,
these two articles play off each other.
At 10:31 PM -0700 6/9/05, Peter P. Yim wrote:
prompted by discussion at today's Ontolog
conference call, I've found this article on the Federal Computer Week,
and would like to share it here:
*Leavitt: Feds to be early adopters of new standards*
by Nancy Ferris
Jun. 9, 2005
Federal agencies will pioneer the adoption of standards developed by a
new federal health information advisory committee, Health and Human
Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said earlier this month.
In a series of speeches in New York and Washington, D.C., Leavitt
announced the creation of a 17-member advisory committee, called the
American Health Information Community. Leavitt, chairman of the
committee, said members will be announced soon to represent "every
point of view" about health information technology.
Members will include representatives of the Defense and Veterans
Affairs departments, ensuring that those agencies have a major voice
in the selection of standards. The departments have the largest health
information systems in the nation.
"We're going to harmonize federal efforts," he said. The
National Institute of Standards and Technology will review the
standards and issue additional ones for federal agencies. When
government users adopt the standards, he said he hopes the large
private insurance companies and others will do likewise.
The commission is expected to develop a process for selecting
standards and an architecture for the national network, but Leavitt
also wants it to get the ball rolling by setting up networks for
specific functions that can be operational in a matter of months.
"An adverse drug event reporting system would be a natural," he
said, and also suggested lab results and bioterrorism surveillance as
He said establishing ways to exchange health records and a national
health information network may not be enough to overcome reluctance
among physicians and others to stop relying on paper medical
"We're going to take on the adoption gap. We have to," he said.
"I'll have more to say about that in the weeks to come."
Many people have suggested that doctors should be rewarded with higher
Medicare reimbursements or other financial incentives for abandoning
There's an official announcement, along with terms of reference and
other details, from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology (ONCHIT) on the Dept. of Health & Human
Services website too -- see:
Of particular interest, is the last paragraph that reads:
...."HHS will solicit nominations for people to serve on the AHIC
and Secretary Leavitt will appoint up to 17 commission members, as
well as serve as chairperson. Please send all nominations for the AHIC
via email with a letter of intent and resume to onchit.request@xxxxxxx
<mailto:onchit.request@xxxxxxx>, and include in the subject line
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