And there's more to come. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced plans for development of a national health information network and creation of a federal advisory commission on standards for health care information technology. Leavitt will select up to 17 members to the commission, known as the American Health Information Community, and personally serve as its chairman. That's a nice symbol. The commission will focus on developing interconnectivity standards for health care IT.
HHS on Tuesday will issue requests for proposals for:
- Architecture and design of a Web-based national health information network.
- Assessment of potential privacy and security problems in a national network and development of solutions.
- A prototype process for harmonizing standards so that different manufacturers' software programs, particularly electronic health records systems, can exchange data.
- Criteria to evaluate features and functionality of electronic health records, including interconnectivity.
We'll link to them when they're up.