HIT Links & Resources
Federal Departments and Agencies
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS)
- National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
- National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)
- Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology(ONC)
- Federal Trade Commission
- Government Accountability Office
Federal Information Resources
- Federal Register (regulatory activities)
- Thomas (legislative information)
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
- AHRQ National Resource Center
- AHRQ Quality Reporting Resources
- PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
State Government Associations
Industry and Professional Organizations
- American Bar Association Health Law Section
- American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
- ARMA International
- Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
- Connecting for Health
- eHealth Initiative (eHI)
- Georgetown Center on Medical Record Rights and Privacy
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
- Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
- Markle Foundation
- Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
- Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA)
- National eHealth Collaborative
- Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC)
Health IT Standards Work
- Search Engine for Standards
- ASTM International E-31 Technical Committee
- American National Standards Institute
- Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)
- Health Level Seven International (HL-7)
- International Health Terminologies Standards Development (IHTSDO)
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- National Quality Forum (NQF)
- The Joint Commission (TJC)
- Stratis HealthToolkits (Minnesota’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization)
- Health Information Technology Toolkit for Nursing Homes
- Health Information Technology Toolkit for Home Health Agencies
Health IT Standards Resources
- National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS): Provides advice on ways to shape national information strategy for improving national health.
- Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP): A public/private effort to identify standards to enable and support interoperability between healthcare software.
- Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT): A public/private organization that has certification authority for electronic health records and networks.
- Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI): Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) eGov initiatives to adopt health information interoperability standards, particularly health vocabulary and messaging standards, for implementation in federal government systems.
- About 20 department/agencies including the HHS, DoD, and VA are active in the CHI governance process. The CHI reports include a report on standards for disability, functioning, and patient assessments.
- The Secretary responded to the CHI recommendations on disability, functioning, and patient assessments.
- The Federal Register Notice informing the public of the adoption of these new CHI standards (as well as standards for Multimedia and Allergy) and announcing that the “Federal government will require all future federal health information acquisitions to based on CHI standards…”.
- Health Level 7 (United States): Develops standards for electronic interchange of clinical, financial, and administrative information among healthcare oriented computer systems.
- National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP): Creates and promotes standards for the transfer of data to and from the pharmacy services sector of the healthcare industry.
Public/Private Health IT Cooperative Resources
- Connecting for Health is a public-private collaborative of more than 100 organizations committed to enabling health professionals and patients to use information technology so that they can achieve the best care possible in emergency and routine situations, as well as in managing chronic illness.
- HIT Champions Partnership is public and private initiative to help state lawmakers understand Health Information Technology issues.
Health Information Technology Resources
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a US not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of healthcare information and management systems.
- The eHealth Initiative (eHI) and the Foundation for eHealth Initiative are independent, nonprofit affiliated organizations whose missions are the same: to drive improvement in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology.
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has as its mission to improve healthcare by advancing best practices and standards for health information management and the trusted source for education, research, and professional credentialing.
- Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinates use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical need in support of optimal patient care.
- HIT Implementation Testing and Support web site, developed in partnership by CCHIT, HITSP, NIST and ONC, provides health IT implementers with access to the tools and resources needed to support and test their implementation of standards-based health systems.
LTPAC Health Information Technology Policy Resources
- Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), a Program of LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA), has a focus on Technology policy and posts information on National as well as State Technology Policy.