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Florida's Health Information Infrastructure

Florida's Health Information Infrastructure (FHI)

The mission of the Governor’s Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Board is to promote the development and implementation of a health information infrastructure in Florida that is capable of drawing together critical health information from multiple sources and presenting that information to authorized parties in a usable format to support sound decisions about health by providers, consumers, public health officials and researchers, when and where needed. The Board will advise and support the Agency for Health Care Administration in the development of legislative recommendations, educational initiatives and public-private partnerships that promote the adoption of electronic medical records, interoperability of systems, and decision support tools for clinicians and health care consumers.
The American Medical Infomatics Association 
The American Medical Infomatics Association
The American Medical Infomatics Association is a membership organization dedicated to developing and using information technologies to improve health care. There are many initiatives and interests among AMIA members. The minutes of a workshop on "Open Source in Support of the NHII" at the NHII03 national meeting outlines an approach to advancing the use of the open source process in furthering NHII.

Advanced Technology Program (ATP)

A program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology which accelerates the development of innovative technologies for broad national benefit by co-funding R&D partnerships with the private sector. This supports NIST's mission of developing and promoting measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. The Information Infrastructure for Healthcare (IIH) program specifically funds projects that are aimed at developing technologies that will support a National Health Information Infrastructure.
Connecting for Health
Connecting for Health is a public-private collaborative of the Markle Foundation that will advance an interconnected, electronic national health information infrastructure by focusing on adopting national clinical data standards for interoperability, ensuring secure and private transmission of medical information and working to understand consumers needs and expectations from an interconnected health information system.

Consolidated Health Informatics Initiative (CHI)

One of 24 projects launched as part of the President's e-Government initiative, which aims to improve government efficiency, effectiveness, and responsiveness to citizens, while making it easier for citizens to obtain services and interact with the Federal government. The CHI involves all Federal agencies relating to health care, including the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes for Health. This project will "provide the basis for a simplified and unified system for sharing and revising medical information among government agencies and their private healthcare providers and insurers…and enable a single mechanism for making records accessible."
eHealth InitiativeThe EHealth Initiative is a public-private sector collaboration for Public Health of 100 health care organizations. Their focus is on an interconnected electronic health information infrastructure by promoting the adoption of clinical data standards and interoperability. The initiative includes involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), public health agencies, providers, standards organizations, and health care IT suppliers to develop and implement strategies to transmit electronic data of public health importance (e.g. lab results, microbiology results, orders, and chief complaint data) using operable standards and CDC's National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)
Chair: Marc Overhage, MD, PhD
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHS Initiative
William Yasnoff MD, PhD, Senior Advisor to the NHII, serves the lead role at the Department of Health and Human Services, to advance the NHII initiative. By disseminating the NHII vision, collaborating with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, and convening all parties via the establishment of the first national NHII meeting, he serves to highlight the Government's role as facilitator to this initiative.
National Alliance for Health Information Technology
The National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT) was created in June 2002 by the American Hospital Association along with 29 other organizations to improve quality and performance through standards-based information systems. It will focus on projects that will contribute to the development of a viable health information infrastructure. Its initial focus has been on standardized bar codes on products used by health care organizations.
National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) is the advisory body to HHS and Congress on health information policy. NCVHS has taken a critical leadership role in driving the creation of an NHII, including the creation of the report "Information for Health: A Strategy for Building a National Health Information Infrastructure", which was published in November 2001.
NHII Workgroup Membership
Chair for NHII Workgroup: John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH
Lead for NHII Staff: Mary Jo Deering, PhD
The Kanter Family Foundation, National Health Database
The National Health Database is a national databank under development by the Kanter Family Foundation. It is based on evidence-based medicine and health outcomes research that patients and health care providers can use together to make better-informed decisions about how to tackle illnesses. This comprehensive and confidential database of patients' treatment experiences would help determine which treatments work best for specific diseases and conditions. The database would foster constructive communication between patients and health care providers.