HISPC Concludes with “Action Manual,” Webinars

The HISPC summary report on the work of its final phase is out. Styled an “action and implementation manual,” it presents the work of the privacy and security group’s year-long third phase.

In addition to the summary report, the seven subgroups that comprise the collaboration are presenting their work through free webinars on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month. The sessions focus on the tools and processes developed by each group, as well as how individual, local, regional, and state-level stakeholders can use them.

Formed in 2006, the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration was charged with studying privacy and security issues associated with interstate electronic health information exchange. It is managed by RTI International under a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services. The third phase, scheduled to end in April, received a last-minute extension through July. RTI will add an addendum to the recent report to describe the work of the extension.

Material from all three phases of the HISPC project—including documents, tools, reports, and products—are available through Health and Human Services.

Exactly how HISPC’s body of work will live on, and how directly it is promoted, is unclear given the changes in HHS personnel and programming brought about by the new presidential administration and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. However, ARRA’s goal to promote the secure, widespread exchange of electronic health records certainly relies on overcoming the barriers to health data exchange between states that HISPC identified and worked toward resolving.

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