NIST develops health IT standards repository

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, along with standards development groups and others, is developing a Web-based repository of health IT standards information.

The Health Care Standards Landscape will provide a comprehensive source of information on health care standards, standards development organizations and organizations that use or implement health care standards.

The information will help in the coordination and development of more compatible standards and tools, NIST said yesterday.

The repository currently is a prototype, which includes both real and sample data to demonstrate its capabilities.

This project supports NIST's role in providing technical expertise and assistance to the Health and Human Services Department, which is leading the federal health IT effort.

Organizations collaborating with NIST on the repository include HHS' Agency for Health Research and Quality, which is providing funding; the American National Standards Institute's Health Informatics Standards Board; and the Consolidated Health Informatics program, a presidential e-government initiative.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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