Department of Health and Human Services


Subcommittee on Standards and Security

July 28, 2006

Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
1001 14th Street, NW
Washington , DC 20005

Meeting Synopsis

The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Standards and Security was convened on July 28, 2006. The meeting was open to the public and broadcast live on the Internet with the help of the Department of Veteran Affairs.


Committee Members

  • Jeffrey S. Blair, M.B.A., Co-Chairman
  • Harry Reynolds, Co-Chairman
  • Justine M. Carr, M.D. (teleconference)
  • Simon P. Cohn, M.D.
  • Stan M. Huff, M.D.
  • Judith Warren, Ph.D., R.N.


Staff and Liaisons

  • Denise M. Buenning, MSM, CMS Lead Staff
  • Mary Jo Deering, Ph.D., NIH
  • Jorge Ferrer, MD, VA
  • Wanda Govan-Jenkins, NCHS/CDC
  • Marjorie Greenberg, NCHS/CDC, Executive Secretary
  • Steven J. Steindel, Ph.D., CDC
  • Karen Trudel, CMS


  • Bill Alfano, BlueCross BlueShield
  • Lenora Barnes, VA (teleconference)
  • Elizabeth C. Halley, Mitre Corporation
  • John Harmon, US EPA (teleconference)
  • William A. Hess, FDA
  • Marcia L. Insley, VA (teleconference)
  • Hrant Jamgochian, American Pharmacists Assn.
  • John Kilbourne, M.D., NLM
  • Frank A. Kyle, Jr., ADA
  • Siew Lam, M.D., VA (teleconference)
  • Randy Levin, M.D., DHHS (teleconference)
  • Michael Lincoln, M.D., VA (teleconference)
  • Stefano Luccioli, M.D., FDA
  • Mark McLaughlin, WEDI
  • Nancy J. Orvis, MHS CIO
  • Fola Parrish, Pharmacy Information Consultant (teleconference)
  • David A. Slaughter, Thompson Publishing Group
  • Elizabeth C. Smith, FDA
  • Walter Suarez, Institute for HIPAA
  • Allison Viola, AHIMA


  • Judith Warren will work on and distribute a new draft letter on matching records to patients within two weeks that includes testimony heard through the NHIN on July 27, 2006. The letter will be reviewed by Mr. Blair, Mr. Reynolds, Simon Cohn, M.D., and Mr. Jim Scanlon.
  • Discussion of the CHI letter and of the above draft letter on matching records to patients will be integrated into an already scheduled August 2006 conference call with the full Committee to ensure coordination of output by various subcommittees.

The next Subcommittee on Standards and Security meeting will take place on October 11-12, 2006. Topics include further discussion about Consolidated Health Informatics Initiative (CHI), National Provider Identifier implementation (NPI), and an update from the e-prescribing pilots. At this meeting, Mr. Reynolds would like a roadmap developed that will propel the Subcommittee on Standards and Security forward.

All official NCVHS documents are posted on the NCVHS Website.

Topics and Presenters

Friday July 28, 2006

  • Welcome and Introductions – Jeff Blair, Harry Reynolds
  • NPI Implementation Issues and Concerns – Mark McLaughlin, WEDI, Walter Suarez, WEDI
  • CHI Allergy Workgroup Preliminary Recommendations
    • William A. Hess, FDA
    • Elizabeth C. Smith, FDA
    • John Kilbourne, M.D., NLM
    • Nancy J. Orvis, DoD
    • Stefano Luccioli, M.D., FDA
    • Elizabeth Halley, R.N., M.B.A., Mitre Corp.
  • Subcommittee Discussion – Jeff Blair, Harry Reynolds

See official transcript for full subcommittee discussion.