In response to Joseph Conn's HITSP to turn focus on EHR stimulus requirements":
I think that may have been a political or strategic maneuver on John Halamkas behalf. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act doesnt have a strong definition of how to create the new standards committee. The Health Information Technology Policy Committee has a true set of instructions that are being followed right now for assembly.
There is a lot of latitude for David Blumenthal, as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator, to possibly move an existing panel into the Health Information Technology Standards Panel position. Many people speculate it will be the Certificiation Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, and perhaps Halamka wants his panel to have a shot at the position, too.