A coalition of electronic health records vendors is urging the HIT Standards Committee to focus its efforts on achieving implementation of data standards that the committee already has recommended to federal officials, rather than reopening decisions already made. The committee, authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, advises federal officials on standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for the electronic exchange of health information.

"We recognize that standards must go through a process from initial development to full implementation," the HIMSS EHR Association noted in written testimony to the committee's implementation workgroup on Oct. 29. "They must pass several hurdles, including weighing cost of implementation against value to the customer, assessing value relative to other potential product features, meeting customer needs and government mandates, and achieving stability and market readiness.

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