HHS Releases Names of New Health IT Committee Members

As required by the 21st Century Cures Act, federal health officials have announced the creation and membership of the new Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC). This committee replaces two Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) committees—the Health IT Policy Committee and the Health IT Standards Committee.

The committee, created by the 21st Century Cures Act, is charged with making recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology relating to the implementation of national and local health information technology (health IT) infrastructure, according to a press release. These recommendations include “policies, … standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria” that advance the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information.

  • No fewer than two members are advocates for patients or consumers of health information technology
  • Three members are appointed by the HHS Secretary, one of whom shall be appointed to represent the Department of Health and Human Services, one of whom shall be a public health official
  • Two members are appointed by the majority leader of the Senate
  • Two members are appointed by the minority leader of the Senate
  • Two members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Two members are appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives
  • Other members are appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States

Click here to read more about the HITAC committee.

Mary Butler is the associate editor at The Journal of AHIMA.

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