Data & Technical Standards: Other Standards Activities
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) signed an agreement in 2003 to license a standardized medical vocabulary developed by the College of American Pathologists available for free use in the United States. The College's SNOMED (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine) Clinical Terms creates a common clinical language that is a necessary element of a health care information infrastructure. Click here to access SNOMED CT online.
International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has joined an international effort to promote more rapid development and worldwide adoption of standard clinical terminology for electronic health records. HHS is one of nine charter members of the new International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO), which has acquired SNOMED CT® from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The IHTSDO will:
Federal Adoption of Standards for Health IT (FAST)
Federal Adoption of Standards for health IT (FAST) supports coordinated review, analysis, architectural integration, and educational awareness of health interoperability standards.
The FAST initiative’s tasks include:
FHA Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI)
The Consolidated Health Informatics Initiative (CHI) has been a high-level, collaborative segment of the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) program tasked with establishing a portfolio of existing and commonly used clinical vocabularies and messaging standards for Federal partners.
CHI’s accomplishments include:
Medical Identity Theft Town Hall Plans Underway;
To learn more, visit ONC Commissioned Medical Identity Theft Assessment.
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