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SCO (Standards Charter Organization) Summit
In 2008, NCPDP embarked on a landmark project involving other standards development organizations (SDOs) who share a common vision of true collaboration and harmonization of standards across the entire healthcare industry. The goals of the project were (1) to develop an executive forum and a process for senior leadership of the U.S. healthcare standards development community to have strategic and tactical dialogue, planning and collaboration across standards development organizations, and (2) to unify and harmonize healthcare industry standards to meet the interoperability and standards definition needs of all healthcare stakeholders. A series of meetings culminated in the formal establishment of the Standards Charter Organization (SCO).
John Klimek R.Ph., SVP of Industry IT at NCPDP serves as the Chair; John Quinn, CTO at HL7 serves as chair-elect. The secretariat position resides with NCPDP.
Charter SCO members include: NCPDP, Health Level Seven (HL7), Inc., Accredited Standards Committee (ASC X12), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC). Other related entities and observers include Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Federal Health Architecture (FHA), Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), Social Security Administration (SSA), and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).
The goal of the SCO is to coordinate among its charter members to improve consistency across standards through optimizing financial and human resources, ensuring standards support workflow and operations through enhanced interoperability, and increasing the usability and quality of standards to support meaningful improvement in healthcare outcomes.
The establishment of the SCO marks a major milestone for collaboration among standards development organizations and will facilitate the rapid creation of industry wide, interoperable standards that will support a sustainable HIT infrastructure.
Information on the SCO can be found at www.SCOSummit.com