The AHIC Successor is Launched
At a meeting of the American Health Information Community (AHIC) in January, 2008, Secretary Michael O. Leavitt announced an effort to design and establish AHIC 2.0 as a public-private partnership to succeed the initial federal advisory committee.
"This is a key milestone for the health IT movement," Secretary Leavitt remarked. "It ensures that the critical work of the AHIC will continue and prosper as interoperable health IT becomes a reality, and that the benefits of health IT reach all Americans."
Funds of up to $13 million are being awarded over a two-year period, with the initial two phases completed by late 2008. A team of LMI Consulting and the Brookings Institution led the first phase, overseeing a thoughtful transition process that encompassed four planning groups and hundreds of volunteers representing all the stakeholders-including consumers. The AHIC Successor, Inc., was incorporated in July 2008, and a new Board of Directors will be announced September 23. The new organization is now establishing its governance and organizational structure, its relationships with HITSP and CCHIT, and processes for prioritizing interoperability requirements. For more information about the AHIC Successor, Inc., please visit http://www.ahicsuccessor.org/hhs/ahic.nsf/index.htm
Updates on the transition were presented to the AHIC over the course of the year:
Resources Developed Prior to Selection of the initial LMI-Brookings team:
Medical Identity Theft Town Hall Plans Underway;
To learn more, visit ONC Commissioned Medical Identity Theft Assessment.
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