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ONC’s HIT Standards Committee and HIT Policy Committee-MU Workgroup Discuss Early Plans for Exploring Imaging Standards

In separate meetings earlier this week, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Standards Committee (HITSC) and HIT Policy Committee-Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup discussed tentative plans for exploring medical imaging.  Ensuring patient and provider access to diagnostic imaging data has been a staple of the American College of Radiology’s advocacy efforts related to the EHR Incentive Program for nearly three years.

On December 14, an ONC staff presentation regarding potential priorities for 2012 stated that “radiology standards” would be explored by the HITSC in the second quarter of next year. Dr. John Halamka (co-chair, HITSC) highlighted the HITSC’s intentions for those future discussions on his blog.

On December 15, the HITPC MU Workgroup met to explore, among other things, the outcome of the November 28 Specialist Subgroup conference call. It was mentioned that the HITSC is interested in collaborating with the HITPC (meeting, tiger team, or something else) regarding the topic of imaging.  The MU Workgroup members seemed to generally agree with the concept.

It is imperative that the ONC, HITPC, and HITSC reach out to the established imaging informatics community to adequately inform any future efforts related to imaging standards.

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