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HITSP Supports National Health IT Week

New York, Jun 09, 2008

National Health IT Week The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) is an active participant in this year’s National Health IT Week. A collaborative forum of approximately 70 public and private sector organizations, National Health IT Week is being held June 9-13, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

As a partner in National Health IT Week, HITSP will join information technology and interconnectivity vendors, hospital and provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, and consumer protection groups working to advance health IT adoption. Together, these organizations are promoting improved healthcare efficiency, quality, cost effectiveness, and patient safety in the U.S.

The week consists of conferences, training programs, and forums that will develop common ground to transform health IT. Special events being held in conjunction with Health IT Week include:

  • Capitol Hill Steering on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics Technology Demonstration Showcase (June 12, 2008)

  • National Health IT Week Networking Reception (June 11, 2008)

  • HIMSS Advocacy Day (June 11, 2008)

For more information, please visit the National Health IT Week website.


Operating under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 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.

A cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors, HITSP is a national, volunteer-driven, consensus-based organization that is working to ensure the interoperability of electronic health records in the United States.

HITSP identifies and selects the necessary functional components and standards to enable the interoperable exchange of health care data. HITSP also documents any gaps in standards which must be resolved. The Panel then develops guidance documents known as Interoperability Specifications (IS) that recommend the standards that will meet clinical and business needs for sharing information across organizations and systems. Once an IS is recognized by HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt, agencies administering or sponsoring federal health programs are required to implement the standards.

Nearly 400 organizations representing consumers, health care providers, public health agencies, government agencies, standards developing organizations, and other stakeholders now participate in the HITSP and its committees.

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