ONC builds resource for potential HIT workgroup members

Have you ever wished you could lend your expertise to help shape the future of health IT standards or policy? If so, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) would like to hear from you.

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ONC has established a new online database aiming to recruit "highly qualified workgroup members" for Federal Advisory Committees (FACAs), according to a notice published Nov. 6 in the Federal Register.

The HIT Federal Advisory Committee Workgroup Application Database will "allow anyone with an interest in contributing and expertise in the numerous aspects of HIT to submit their information for future consideration for HIT FACA workgroup membership," the notice reads.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided for creation of the HIT Standards and Policy Committees under the auspices of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

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The HIT Standards Committee provides recommendations to the ONC on matters of health IT standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for electronic health records. The HIT Policy Committee advises the agency on policy framework related to electronic exchange and technology infrastructure.

According to the notice, the database will be ONC’s first resource whenever a new workgroup is formed, or if current workgroups experience turnover.

If you wish to be considered for future workgroups, click here to register on ONC's FACA Workgroup Application Database page.

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