HITSC has formed a new workgroup, the Consumer Technology Workgroup (CTWG). HITSC is a Federal Advisory committee charged with making recommendations to the National Coordinator on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information for purposes of adoption, consistent with the implementation of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, and in accordance by the HIT Policy Committee.
The CTWG is charged with providing recommendations on standards and interoperability issues and opportunities related to strengthening the ability of consumers, patients, and lay caregivers to manage health and health care for themselves or others. The workgroup will be chaired by Leslie Kelly Hall; Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Nazarene University, Senior Vice President at Healthwise, and a member of the HITSC. The workgroup should begin meeting in March. I have been asked to serve on this new workgroup and look forward to the opportunity.