Performance Improvement 2009. Can Privacy, Security, Policy, and Statutory Variations Be Reduced Through Multi-State Collaboration?


The Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC), is a group of representatives from 42 states and territories that address the privacy and security challenges presented by electronic health information exchange. Each HISPC participant has the support of its state or territorial governor and maintains a steering committee and contact with a range of local stakeholders to ensure that developed solutions accurately reflect local preferences. During 2008, the states and territories worked together in 7 multi-state collaborative privacy and security projects. These projects analyzed consent data elements in state law, studied intrastate and interstate consent policies, developed tools to help harmonize state privacy laws, developed tools and strategies to educate and engage consumers, developed a toolkit to educate providers; recommended basic security policy requirements, and developed inter-organizational agreements. Each project was designed to develop common, multi-state solutions that could be replicated and that would potentially reduce the variation in state privacy and security practices, policies, and laws.

A cross collaborative steering committee was established to ensure that information is transferred among all project participants and to identify points of intersection. The HISPC involves significant participation from a broad range of state- and local-level stakeholders. Through the work of the HISPC, the state and territory subcontractors produced a number of reports and other materials, and the contractor will produce a final report of achievements early in 2009. The HISPC collaboratives created common solutions for all to use to advance their understanding of privacy and security and electronic health information exchange.

Report Title: Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC)
Agency Sponsor: OS-ONC, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Federal Contact: Kathleen Fyffe, 202-205-0670
Performer: Research Triangle Institute
PIC ID: 8597

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