Established in June 2006 by RTI International through a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC) originally comprised 34 states and territories. In phase 3, which began in April 2008, HISPC now comprises 42 states and territories, and aims to address the privacy and security challenges presented by electronic health information exchange through multistate collaboration. Each HISPC participant continues to have the support of its state or territorial governor and maintains a steering committee and contact with a range of local stakeholders to ensure that developed solutions accurately reflect local preferences.
Department of Health & Human Services
The HHS Health IT homepage provides basic Health IT background information including Health IT challenges and the Federal Strategic Plan. Federal Health IT programs and links to other federal agencies with Health IT functions and responsibilities (ONC, AHRQ, AHIC, NHIN etc.) are listed. Links to other Health IT resources are provided for key sources of implementation concerns such as privacy and security and standards and certification.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the lead federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes, and patient safety. AHRQ’s Health IT homepage provides background information and updates on current and emerging topics. As part of their commitment to foster Health IT implementation, AHRQ provides recommended strategies and best practices for realizing and executing Health IT systems through the “Health IT Tools” link. Key guidelines and templates include the Health IT Adoption Toolbox (including opportunities for collaboration), The Health Information Privacy and Security Collaboration (HISPC) Toolkit, and the Health IT Evaluation Toolkit. In addition, the Knowledge Library provides links to over 6,000 resources:
Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT)
CCHIT is the recognized certifying body for interoperable health information technology, including electronic health records and their networks. CCHIT provides guidance and oversight of the certification process. Organizations interested in Certification for Health Information Exchange (ILHIE) can find resources on preparing to apply for certification and how to choose CCHIT certified products.