Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with standards development groups and others, are developing a Web-based repository of information called the Health Care Standards Landscape (HCSL). The repository will provide a comprehensive source of information on health care standards, standards development organizations and organizations that use or implement health care standards. This information will help in the coordination and development of more compatible standards and tools.
HCSL currently is a prototype which includes both real and sample data to demonstrate its capabilities. NIST is inviting health care standards developers, users and others to evaluate HCSL. See www.itl.nist.gov/div897/docs/hc_roadmap.html. To submit comments on HCSL or for more information, contact Tom Rhodes at email@example.com.
Organizations collaborating with NIST on the HCSL include the 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 electronic government initiative.
This project is part of NIST's portfolio of health care IT projects and supports NIST's role in providing technical expertise and assistance to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is leading the federal health information technology effort. See www.hhs.gov/healthit. For more information on NIST's Health Information Technology program, see http://xw2k.sdct.itl.nist.gov/carnahan/website/generate.asp?tech=index.