Friday, June 12, 2009

The Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC)

The Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC)

I came across an interesting manual that I feel would be of benefit to all. It was a collaboration that aims to address the privacy and security challenges presented by electronic health information exchange through multi-state collaboration.

All medical practices are faced with the confusion about which product to buy, will it interface with other products in years to come and how it will affect the privacy and security of patient information. Hopefully this manual will be of some assistance in making one of the most important decisions a healthcare provider will make in the next few years.

Here is a brief description from the Health Information Technology website.

Established in June 2006 by RTI International through a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC) originally comprised 34 states and territories. HISPC phase 3 began in April 2008, and HISPC now comprises 42 states and territories, and aims to address the privacy and security challenges presented by electronic health information exchange through multi-state collaboration. Each HISPC participant continues to have 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.

The third phase, comprises 7 multi-state collaborative privacy and security projects focused on analyzing consent data elements in state law; studying intrastate and interstate consent policies; developing tools to help harmonize state privacy laws; developing tools and strategies to educate and engage consumers; developing a toolkit to educate providers; recommending basic security policy requirements; and developing inter-organizational agreements.

Each project is designed to develop common, replicable multi-state solutions that have the potential to reduce variation in and harmonize privacy and security practices, policies, and laws.


Here is a link to their website and to the manual http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.ptopen=512&objID=1240&parentname=CommunityPage&parentid=2&mode=2

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