The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) and Health Level Seven International (HL7), co-founders of the Standards Development Organization Charter Organization (SCO), a collaboration among U.S. healthcare standards development organizations, announced the SCO’s new Chair, John Quinn, CTO of HL7, and its Chair Elect, Margaret Weiker, ASC X12 Insurance Subcommittee Chair and Director BES and HealthCare Payer Services of HP (Hewlett-Packard Company).
The work of the SCO dates back to 2008, when NCPDP facilitated a series of summits among executives representing the industry’s primary healthcare standards development organizations. The goal of the SCO is to facilitate the creation of industry-wide, interoperable standards that will support a sustainable healthcare information technology (HIT) in the U.S.
A few of the current SCO projects examine harmonization of the publication of standards; functional gaps and overlaps in standards; and analysis of a provider registry/directory.
HL7’s Chief Technology Officer and SCO Chair John Quinn stated, “HL7 would like to thank all those at NCPDP, including John Klimek, R.Ph., Senior Vice President of Industry IT, Lynne Gilbertson, Vice President of Standards Development, and its President, Lee Ann Stember, for all of the time and effort they put into the formation and development of the SCO over the past two years.”
According to Quinn, in the last two months the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has completed the staffing of all major areas of the U.S. Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework with the intention of providing the country with the necessary standards-based implementation specification that will be needed to meet the requirements of Meaningful Use (MU) of electronic medical record (EMR) systems between now and 2015.