Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel?
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.
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) was selected as a part of the Standards Harmonization Collaborative,
a cooperative effort of eighteen (18)
independent entities that resulted in the formation of HITSP.
HITSP is administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in cooperation with strategic partners including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), and Booz Allen Hamilton.
HITSP is not disbanding, closing down, or being put on hold. The current contract from HHS has been extended through April 30, 2010. This will assure that the thousands of HITSP volunteers stay engaged going forward as we await the next phase of standards harmonization to be funded by ONC.
During this contract extension period, the Panel will hold monthly informational update calls, participate in the HIMSS10 Healthcare Information Technology (IT) Conference and Exhibition, and work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on a Quality Data demonstration project. In addition, the HITSP website (www.hitsp.org) will continue to be fully operational and accessible.
For more information, read the HITSP press release issued on February 12, 2010.
HITSP expenses are borne by the contract award and there is no participation or membership fee.
The HITSP reaches across the stakeholder community and facilitates the broadest possible participation of all affected parties. Membership on the Panel is open to groups within any of four major categories: standards development organizations (SDOs), non-SDO stakeholder organizations, government bodies and consumer groups.
There are numerous opportunities for materially interested and affected parties to participate.
To volunteer, please contact Theresa Wisdom,
Senior Manager, Standards Harmonization, HIMSS.
For questions regarding the formation and/or governance of the HITSP, contact:
American National Standards Institute
Technical Committee Liaisons
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society