HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Standards Harmonization

11/22/2015

Many electronic health records have strong functionality, but no portability. The patient’s health information cannot be transferred to other electronic systems, thus precluding availability of that information in multiple care settings.

The standards harmonization process carried out by the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) has created a unique and unprecedented opportunity to bring together the intellectual assets of more than 200 organizations with a stake in health data standards that will increase the portability and security of data among electronic health records. The panel guides the collaboration of these organizations through a health IT standards harmonization process that leverages the work and membership of multiple standards development organizations. The panel engages in a consensus-based process to select the most appropriate standard from existing standards where available and to identify gaps in standards where there are none to assure effective interoperability. Once standards have been identified to support specific clinical use cases, the HITSP develops implementation guides to support system developers’ activities in pursuing interoperable electronic health records.

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