HIT Standards Committee's Implementation Workgroup

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Department of Health and Human Services
The Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC
October 29, 2009
9 a.m. to 3 p.m./Eastern Time

The Implementation Workgroup will be hearing testimony from stakeholder groups, such as purchasers, vendors, and users, on health information technology adoption experiences with the proposed standards. The Workgroup intends to monitor the adoption rate of proposed standards, identify opportunities to accelerate implementation, and establish a continuous feedback loop on the development of new or revised standards.

HIT Standards Committee's function is to provide recommendations to the National Coordinator on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information for purposes of adoption, consistent with the implementation of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, and in accordance with policies developed by the HIT Policy Committee. The Implementation Workgroup is charged with benchmarking adoption rates for proposed standards across diverse settings; soliciting public input on what stakeholders need to lower the barriers to standards adoption; evaluating the degree to which proposed standards achieve policy objectives; and establishing an ongoing process to gather public input to inform future standards development, revisions to existing standards, or guidance on tools to minimize the cost of adoption.