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Health agencies debut Web site for NHIN tools, resources





BY Paul McCloskey
Published on July 3, 2007 The agencies involved in setting up the National Health Information Network debuted a Web site last week designed to provide tools, information and resources for companies and public organizations seeking to conform their systems to emerging NHIN standards.

The Web site was developed by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), the Healthcare IT Standards Panel (HITSP), the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

In an e-mail message, HITSP Chairman John Halamka called the site a “starting point for providing [health IT] implementers with access to the tools and resources needed to support and test the implementation of standards-based health systems.” The site contains information about NHIN initiatives, including standards, specifications and testing resources.

Halamka also asked for feedback on the site, which will continue evolve, he said. Send comments to hit-tst-team@nist.gov.

Halamka, who is also chief information officer at Harvard Medical School, offered updates on other HITSP projects:
The panel’s technical committees would finish by mid-July their work harmonizing standards associated with the interoperability of electronic health records by emergency responders.
In February, the committees were presented “use cases,” or scenarios, identifying technical issues that would typically arise during the flow of electronic information among health care providers during an emergency.

By July, HITSP will also complete its work on security and privacy “constructs,” or working framework for all HITSP interoperability specifications published to date.
The panel is looking for inspection testers for both projects. It will hold orientation sessions with candidate testers July 23. Inspection testing is scheduled for July 23 through Aug. 17.

In mid-July, HITSP will also release for public comment documents for two new use cases involving EHRs associated with consumer access to clinical records and quality measurement.
The public can comment on the new plans from July 23 through Aug. 17 on the HITSP Web site.


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