In a two-page letter today to Robert Kolodner, interim director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, from Feldman and Janlori Goldman, director of the not-for-profit Health Privacy Project, Feldman resigned as co-chairman of the Confidentiality, Privacy and Security (CPS) work group of the American Health Information Community. The AHIC is a 17-member panel formed by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in 2005 to advise the government on healthcare information technology issues.
The pair wrote that, We have determined we are unable to continue given that the work group has not made substantial progress towards the development of comprehensive privacy and security policies that must be at the core of a nationwide health information network (NHIN). ... To date, CPS has met six times since August 2006, and has produced just a singlealbeit usefulset of recommendations on patient-identity-proofing covering three of the four 'original' use cases assigned to AHIC. ...