The Privacy and Security Solutions for Interoperable Health Information Exchange contract is comanaged by AHRQ and ONC. This contract has fostered an environment in which States and territories have been able to assess variations in organization-level business policies and State laws that affect health information exchange, identify and propose practical solutions while preserving the privacy and security requirements in applicable Federal and State laws, and develop detailed plans to implement solutions to identified privacy and security challenges. These implementation plans will not only benefit the States and territories that have created them, but other ONC-coordinated efforts, such as the State Alliance for E-Health’s Health Information Protection Taskforce, in which interstate health information exchange issues can be harmonized nationwide.
In addition, the American Health Information Community has formed the Confidentiality, Privacy and Security Workgroup, and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) participates in the workgroup to ensure that privacy protections are embedded in the health IT infrastructure.
The State Alliance for eHealth (State Alliance), a contract awarded by ONC to the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, is an initiative designed to improve the Nation’s health care system through the formation of a collaborative body of governors and high level state executives. The State Alliance is charged to develop consensus solutions to barriers to health information exchange and adoption of health IT while preserving privacy, security, and consumer protections. It also builds consensus in seeking the harmonization of the variations in State policies, regulations, and laws.
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