This crossed my desk today and was worth noting as an example of open government even though its on topics I don't usually address (Administrative transactions). The web cast is apparently being supported by the VA, as reported by the Meeting Agenda page.
I love this idea and hope it catches on with other healthcare related federal advisory committees... not that I have any particular two in mind or anything.
NCVHS will pilot a new webcast project on Friday, December 3rd during the Standards Subcommittee hearing. As always, we are researching innovative ways to inform and invigorate stakeholders and our external customers. The pilot will allow participants to view and hear all presentations in real time as well as download copies of all documents presented for future use. Audio will be provided through the actual webcast and not a dial-in number. The link to the webcast will be placed on the meeting agenda at http://www.ncvhs.hhs.gov/101203ag.htm on the day of the meeting and we’re working on the plans to archive the documents for subsequent retrieval. Evaluation of the pilot will be based on web participation, so please use this new feature if you cannot attend the hearing, spread the word to other interested parties, and give us any feedback about its utility. Continuation of this service also is dependent on resource availability, but we would like to explore options and possibilities for improved access nonetheless.
Lorraine Tunis Doo
Sr. Policy Advisor, CMS