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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The definition of Transparency is apparently Invisibility

Recently I ran into a friend who has some knowledge of the Standards Harmonization contract solicted under task order 10-233-SOL-00072 to HHS.  He told me that Deloitte has been awarded the contract (as of August 12th according to FedBizOps.gov).

According to the solicitation:  The purpose of this requirement is to obtain Contractor support services to harmonize standards and interoperability specifications to achieve ubiquitous implementation of standards, promote wider use of standards, and increased level of interoperability across the nation in health information technology (HIT). The overall purpose of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) programs is to facilitate and expand the secure, electronic movement and use of health information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards.


So is anyone else worried that we [members of healthcare SDO's and Standards Profiling organizations] haven't heard anything about this?