A new federal work group will meet this week to discuss the recommendations in the report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
ONC forms PCAST report work group
HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced Friday the formation of the PCAST Report work group under the purview of its Health IT Policy and Standards committees. The group is scheduled to meet Friday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. ET.
The new group's tasks are "to synthesize and analyze the public comments and input into the PCAST Report relative to implications on current and future ONC work," according to a statement on the ONC's website.
Paul Egerman, a health IT entrepreneur, will serve as chairman of the group. Vice chairman will be William Stead, associate vice chancellor for strategy and transformation and director of the Informatics Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville. Stead also serves as chief information officer of the medical center and chief information architect for the university.
The PCAST issued its 108-page report "Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward" in December.
A key PCAST recommendation was that the federal government "facilitate the nationwide adoption of a universal exchange language for healthcare information and a digital infrastructure for locating patient records while strictly ensuring patient privacy."
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