Groups tasked with handling guidelines related to health IT, which were created as part of the economic-stimulus plan, will hold their first meetings next week. The HIT Standards Committee will give Dr. David Blumenthal, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, recommendations on deployment and certification requirements for sharing and using data via electronic systems. The policy panel will advise Blumenthal on issues linked to the creation of a U.S.-wide health information network.

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