Physician informaticist John Halamka, the chief information officer for Harvard Medical School and CareGroup Healthcare System, Boston, has been reappointed by the American National Standards Institute, Washington, as chairman of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel for a two-year term beginning in 2008, according to an ANSI statement. Halamka was named chairman of the HITSP after its founding in September 2005.
The HITSP was created by the ANSI pursuant to a $3.3 million HHS contract to develop an organization that would select and "harmonize" the most appropriate healthcare IT data standards for specific data exchange tasks, or use cases, chosen by the American Health Information Community, a federal IT advisory panel created by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in 2005. The appointment is subject to ratification by the HITSP at its Oct. 15 meeting and by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. -- by Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer
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