The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) was established in the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255) and is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), P.L. 92-463, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees. The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) will recommend to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria, relating to the implementation of a health information technology infrastructure, nationally and locally, that advances the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information. HITAC unifies the roles of, and replaces, the Health Information Technology Policy Committee and the Health Information Technology Standards Committee, as in existence before the date of the enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act.
The work of the previous Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee can be found here:
- Health IT Policy Committee
- Health IT Standards Committee
- Collaboration of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees
- Trusted Exchange Framework Task Force
- U.S. Core Data for Interoperability Task Force
- Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force
- Annual Report Workgroup
- Click here to view the HITAC’s recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT.
The Health IT Advisory Committee is comprised of:
- No fewer than 2 members are advocates for patients or consumers of health information technology;
- 3 members are appointed by the HHS Secretary,
- 1 of whom shall be appointed to represent the Department of Health and Human Services
- 1 of whom shall be a public health official
- 2 members are appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;
- 2 members are appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;
- 2 members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
- 2 members are appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;
- Other members are appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States.