Work-group meetings for the American Health Information Community have been winding down as summer heats up and officials plan to transition the standards organization to one that is public-private.
Meetings for some of the work groups scheduled in May, June, July and August were canceled and committees are being asked to wrap up their projects, according to some participants. While there is still work to be completed, many committee members are not around in the summer months and the groups could not obtain quorums to conduct meetings, said Judith Sparrow, AHIC director in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The work groups plan to meet later in the summer and through fall, with the full AHIC board tentatively scheduled to hold its last meeting in November, she said. There is still some work to be done, but basically its getting ready for the transition, Sparrow said.
AHIC is beginning the transition to the public-private AHIC 2.0. The Brookings Institution, which is leading the transition, today announced that it is seeking nominations for people to serve on a board of directors for the successor organization. Brookings said it will accept board nominations through Aug. 4. Last month HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt discussed initial findings as AHIC 2.0 is developed.
Current work groups are being asked to finish their projects by early fall as HHS creates AHIC 2.0, said Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology. McGraw co-chairs the Confidentiality, Privacy and Security AHIC work group, which is scheduled to meet on Aug. 21.
Blackford Middleton, physician chairman of the Center for Health Information Technology Leadership's executive committee at 10-hospital Partners HealthCare System, Boston, who is a member of the Electronic Health Records work group called the meeting cancellations summer slowness but said progress among the different projects is still being made. He added that planning for AHIC 2.0 is moving full-tilt.
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