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HITSP to Address Provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Date:4/7/2009

WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) has announced that it will reprioritize its 2009 work to provide greater focus on provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the next 90 days. ARRA contains numerous technology and privacy provisions with aggressive timelines for completion.

Many of the initial ARRA milestones are related to standards and HITSP's work, including:

  • Technology to protect privacy and security
  • A nationwide health information infrastructure that supports exchange of health information
  • The use of certified health records for each person in the U.S. by 2014
  • Technologies to account for disclosures of health information
  • The use of certified electronic health records (EHR) to improve the quality of health care by promoting the coordination of health care and improving continuity of health care among health care providers; reducing medical errors; improving population health; reducing health disparities; reducing chronic disease; and advancing research and education
  • Technologies that allow individually identifiable health information to be rendered unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals
  • The use of electronic systems to ensure the comprehensive collection of patient demographic data
  • Technologies that address the needs of children and other vulnerable populations

In order to help meet these statutory requirements, HITSP will focus the energies of its volunteers, staff, and leadership on these areas for the next 90 days. HITSP's work products to date -- 13 interoperability specifications and 60 related constructs -- will be leveraged to create new st
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