What is the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)?

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has as its mission the implementation of President Bush’s vision for widespread adoption of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs) by 2014. In the fall of 2005, ONC awarded multiple contracts to advance this goal. Among these were contracts for creating processes to harmonize standards, certify EHR applications, develop nationwide health information network prototypes and recommend necessary changes to standardize diverse security and privacy policies. ANSI, in cooperation with strategic partners HIMSS, Booz Allen Hamilton and Advanced Technology Institute, was awarded this contract to advance this goal. This standards harmonization collaborative established the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).

The Panel’s work is driven by a series of priorities (i.e., Use Cases) issued by the American Health Information Community (AHIC). HITSP produces recommendations and reports in Interoperability Specifications and related Constructs. These work products are intended to be equally applicable to the developing Nationwide Health Information Network for the United States (NHIN) and also to community and regional health information exchange networks.

Objectives of the HITSP

To serve and establish a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors to achieve a widely accepted and useful set of standards that will enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare software applications in a Nationwide Health Information Network for the United States.

To harmonize relevant standards in the healthcare industry to enable and advance interoperability of healthcare applications, and the interchange of healthcare data, to assure accurate use, access, privacy and security, both for supporting the delivery of care and public health.

Membership in the Panel and its Technical Committees

Membership in the HITSP and its Technical Committees is open to all affected parties; There is no fee to participate.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities with HITSP.

The success of HITSP is dependent upon the participation of volunteer experts from across the healthcare enterprise.