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Public Health Participation in
Health IT Standardization

Where should public health participate?

The Department of Health and Human Services has adopted the Health IT Standardization process as central to its strategies of health data integration, data interchange and systems interoperability.

We define the Health IT Standardization process in seven phases:

The complexity of Health IT standardization efforts and the need for deep public health expertise means that senior public health program staff and public health informatics are the most effective participants in HIT standardization activities.

Learn more about Health IT Standardization (phases, entities, products)

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Health Information Technology Standardization Phases, Products, and Entities
Health IT Standardization Phases Needs & Priorities for Health Information Exchanges and HIT Standards Standards Development Standards Selection & Harmonization Implementation of Standards-Based Specifications Certification of Standards-Based HIT Products Adoption of Standards-Based HIT Products
Goal What to accomplish What are the standards What standards to use Show how standards can work in an HIT product Certify standards-based HIT Products Deploy standards-based HIT products
Health IT Standardization Entities ONC HIT PC
 
ONC HIT SC
 
AHIC
Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) HITSP
 
HISPC S&I Framework
 
State Alliance for e-Health
IHE
 
NHIN/NwHIN
 
NIEM
ONC EHR Certification Program
 
CCHIT
Industry Proposed IHE & PHDSC Deployment Workshops
Standards Documents Use Cases: AHIC, S&I, Direct, HITSP
 
PCAST
Standards Interoperability Specifications
 
Policy Frameworks
Integration Profiles
 
Implementation Reports
ONC Final Rule
 
Certification Criteria for HIT Products
Deployment Reports
 
CONNECT
 
Direct Project
Entities where Public Health Participation is Critical
(By Standardization Phase) chart
Participation of Public Health Professionals in Health IT Standardization Activities* graph
*Based on the total number of participating organizations as of December 1, 2009

Public Health Participation in Health IT Standardization*

* Based on the total number of participating organizations as of December 1, 2009.
Health IT
Standardization
Phase
Health IT
Standardization
Entity
Public Health Participation
Total Number of Organizations N Public Health Organizations, N (%) Number of Persons by Public Health Organization, N
Needs Identification & Priorities Setting HIT Policy Committee** 20 2 (10) Federal Agencies
State Public Health
Local Public Health
Prof. Associations
Academia***
1
0
1
0
1
HIT Standards Committee 23 1 (4) Federal Agencies
State Public Health
Local Public Health
Prof. Associations
Academia
0
0
0
1
0
Standards Development & MaintenanceHealth Level Seven (HL7)50327 (5)Federal Agencies
State Public Health
Local Public Health
Prof. Associations
Academia
7
12
5
3
0
Standards Selection & Harmonization Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) 641 30 (5) Federal Agencies
State Public Health
Local Public Health
Prof. Associations
Academia
10
4
3
7
6
Standards Trial ImplementationIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)2517 (3)Federal Agencies
State Public Health
Local Public Health
Prof. Associations
Academia
1
3
0
3
0
Standardized Health IT Products Certification Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) 341 3 (1) Federal Agencies
State Public Health
Local Public Health
Prof. Associations
Academia
0
1
0
2
0
Total Number of Organizations 178070 (4) Federal Agencies
State Public Health
Local Public Health
Prof. Associations
Academia
18
20
9
16
7
Organizations in one cell are not mutually exclusive from those in another.
** In addition to two public health professionals (1-Local public health; 1-Academia) - members of the HIT Policy Committee, two more public health professionals (1-Local and 1-State public health) participate in the HIT Policy Committee Working Groups.
*** Academia refers to Schools of Public Health only.