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Proposed HITSC Workgroup Evolution. Steering Committee. Semantic Standards WG (Vocabularies & Information Models). Health IT Standards Committee Chair: Jacob Reider Vice Chair: John Halamka. Content Standards WG (Documents and Data). Transport and Security Standards WG.

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Proposed hitsc workgroup evolution
ProposedHITSC Workgroup Evolution

Steering Committee

Semantic Standards WG

(Vocabularies & Information Models)

Health IT Standards Committee

Chair: Jacob Reider

Vice Chair: John Halamka

Content Standards WG

(Documents and Data)

Transport and Security Standards WG

Architecture, Services & APIs WG

Implementation, Certification &Testing WG

*Task Forces may be needed for specific work assignments


Steering committee charge
Steering Committee: Charge

  • Coordinate and review HITPC policy recommendations to charge HITSC workgroups

  • Define the standards problems/options posed by the HITPC

    • Assure that all stakeholder interests are integrated across all workgroups

    • Assure overall coordination across HITSC workgroups

  • Report outcomes back to appropriate HITPC workgroups for continuity


Semantic standards wg charge
Semantic Standards WG : Charge

  • Assure a consistent approach to semantics standards for CEHRT

  • Identify existing standards (vocabularies and/or information models) that can be leveraged for other uses, while ensuring consistent semantic standards across all use cases

  • Identify semantic standards requirements for CEHRT

  • Evaluate new standards or approaches (vocabularies and information models) for representing semantics

  • Recommend a strategy for maintaining a consistent and sustainable approach to semantic standards

  • Assure consistent linking of semantic standards and content standards


Content standards wg charge
Content Standards WG: Charge

  • Evaluate current content standards and propose incremental improvements that achieve greater interoperability

  • Recommend an appropriate balance between optionality and constraints in content standards

  • Provide recommendation on key standards initiatives, some examples may include:

    • recommendations regarding FHIR in future HIT standards

    • support for common data elements (CDEs)

      • used across use cases

      • granular data expression

    • promote structured approaches for patient interventions

    • genomic data

    • consumer activity

  • Evaluate systems and standards that are resilient to big data approaches

  • Develop a strategy that can accommodate the movement from document-centric standards to data-centric standards


Transport and security charge
Transport and Security: Charge

  • Support standards for security and transport in certification criteria

  • Support alignment with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC)

  • Support standards, examples may include:

    • securing data at rest

    • security for application programming interfaces and RESTful approaches that support modular application integration

    • data segmentation for privacy

    • digital signature


Architecture services and application program interfaces apis charge
Architecture, Services and Application Program Interfaces (APIs): Charge

  • Promote the migration to platform independence “application programming interfaces” (APIs) that allow third-party programmers to bridge from existing systems to a future software ecosystem that will be built on top of the stored data

  • Determine API architectural framework (e.g. presentation layer, middleware layer, semantic layer, data layer, security layer)

    • Develop an incremental API strategy for open APIs to Standardized APIs

  • Support migration from interoperability based on “what to build” (specifications) to interoperability based on “how to use” (APIs)

  • Determine use cases for API portfolio

    • Be opportunistic in moving toward more APIs, e.g. Leverage the Data Access Framework and Provider Directory activities


Implementation certification and testing charge
Implementation, Certification and Testing: Charge

  • Review implementation challenges with existing standards and provide recommendations for how to improve existing standards and testing

  • Recommend testing methods that support the goals of interoperability and information exchange

  • Establish recommendations for how to test workflow and usability

  • Evaluate sustainable and inclusive approaches to certification and test method development


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