By Joseph Goedert 

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is seeking nominations to the HIT Standards Committee and HIT Policy Committee, both created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The HIT Policy Committee will advise the national coordinator on implementation of a national health information network. The HIT Standards Committee will advise the national coordinator on standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria to support the electronic exchange of health information.

The Act enables the Secretary of Health and Human Services to recognize the existing National eHealth Collaborative as either the policy or standards committee if the collaborative is modified to be consistent with the new law, according to the announcement of the accepting of nominations. "At this time, the Department of Health and Human Services is evaluating options regarding the National eHealth Collaborative and its role in relation to those committees."

The deadline for letters of nomination for either committee is March 16. The e-mail address is The postal address is Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Judith Sparrow, Room 729D.

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