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HHS Secretary Recognizes Products of HITSP Standards Work
Date:2/2/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary has recognized the second set of interoperability standards developed by the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).

HITSP produces "Interoperability Specifications" - documents that harmonize and recommend the technical standards necessary to assure the interoperability of electronic health records and help support the nationwide exchange of healthcare data.

According to Executive Order 13410, federal agencies administering or sponsoring federal health programs must implement relevant recognized interoperability standards in new and updated systems. These standards will also become part of the certification process for electronic health records and networks.

"Recognition of the HITSP Interoperability Specifications as interoperability standards is an important step in improving healthcare nationwide," explained Dr. John Halamka, HITSP chair and CIO of Harvard Medical School. "With these standards in place, stakeholders will be motivated by both federal implications and the certification efforts of CCHIT to adopt a standard way of sharing data nationally."

The newly recognized HITSP Interoperability Specifications, which pertain to three priority work areas assigned to the Panel by the recently concluded American Heath Information Community, were accepted by the HHS Secretary in 2008 as interoperability standards in these areas:


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