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Healhcare Information Technology Standards Panel
HealthCare Information Technology Standards Panel
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HITSP is a volunteer-driven, consensus-based organization.

HITSP Background

In the fall of 2005, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded multiple contracts to advance President Bush's vision for widespread adoption of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs) within ten (10) years. The contracts targeted the creation of processes to harmonize standards, certify EHR applications, develop nationwide health information network prototypes and recommend necessary changes to standardized diverse security and privacy policies.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in cooperation with strategic partners HIMSS, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Advanced Technology Institute, was selected to administer the standards harmonization initiative. The resulting collaborative, known as the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), brings together experts from across the healthcare community - from consumers to doctors, nurses, and hospitals; from those who develop healthcare IT products to those who use them; and from the government agencies who monitor the U.S. healthcare system to those organizations who actually write the standards.

The Panel's objectives are to:

  • serve and establish a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors to achieve a widely accepted and useful set of standards that will enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare software applications in a Nationwide Health Information Network for the United States.
  • harmonize relevant standards in the healthcare industry to enable and advance interoperability of healthcare applications, and the interchange of healthcare data, to assure accurate use, access, privacy and security, both for supporting the delivery of care and public health.

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