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ANSI Member ADA Aids HIPAA Implementation With Healthcare Informatics Spec

New York, Feb 25, 2003

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, standards mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange in health care. The American National Standards Institute's Healthcare Informatics Standards Board (ANSI HISB) provides an open, public forum for the voluntary coordination of healthcare informatics standards among all United States' standard developing organizations. ANSI HISB member the American Dental Association has announced the availability of the Implementation Guide for ANSI/ADA Specification No. 1000—Standard Clinical Data Architecture for the Structure and Content of an Electronic Health Record, which will help to facilitate HIPAA efficiency and privacy compliance.

ANSI/ADA Specification No. 1000 was approved as an American National Standard in 2001, and provides a blueprint for the logical architecture at the data level of health information systems. The Specification focuses on the health conditions of both individual patients and populations. According to the ADA, the Specification's data structures include support for outcome planning and assessment, professional education, and clinical research, as well as the support for care delivery and management, The data architecture also protects privacy by isolating personal identity from health facts, and providing the support for a fully searchable name independent of language, culture, or nationality. The Implementation Guide assists users in tailoring this blueprint to fit their unique data requirements, and is currently out for all interested parties review; comments on the Implementation Guide must be received by April 1, 2003.

April 14, 2003 is the deadline for health plan providers to comply with HIPAA regulations (April 14, 2004 for small health plans). The Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers.

According to Sally Seitz, ANSI program administrator and secretary of the ANSI HISB, a HIPAA update will be on the agenda at the next HISB meeting, March 20-21, 2003 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA. Interested parties may register online to attend.

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