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Healhcare Information Technology Standards Panel
HealthCare Information Technology Standards Panel
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HITSP priorities are established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT).


HITSP The mission of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel is to serve as a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors for the purpose of achieving a widely accepted and useful set of standards specifically to enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare software applications, as they will interact in a local, regional and national health information network for the United States.

HITSP is committed to an open and transparent mode of operation:

  • membership and participation is open to all interested parties;
  • work products are published for public review and comment before approval,
  • and all meetings are open for membership participation.
Founded October 6, 2005

HITSP is a strategic partnership established through a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More information: Background of the HITSP

Leadership HITSP Chairman
Dr. John Halamka
Chief Information Officer
Harvard Medical School

HITSP Vice Chairman
Dr. William Braithwaite
Health Information Policy Consulting

HITSP Board of Directors
View current Board roster


Membership on the Panel is open to groups within any of four major categories. The current allocation of membership (data as of September 2009) is:

  Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) 4%  
  Non-SDOs 85%  
  Government Bodies 6%  
  Consumer Groups 3%  
  Project Team Members (non-voting) 2%  
  Total 100%  

There is no fee to participate in the HITSP or its committees. Registration is required.

Program of Work

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 (NwHIN) and also to community and regional health information exchange networks.

More information:AHIC Case Studies & Data
 HITSP Harmonization Process

HITSP is administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in cooperation with strategic partners including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), and Booz Allen Hamilton.

More information:HITSP Sponsors
Structure The HITSP organizational structure is aligned to meet the harmonization needs generated by an increasing number and expanding scope of Use Cases and the need to maintain consistency across Interoperability Specifications and Constructs.

Perspective Technical Committees are focused on Use Cases defined by the primary stakeholder group (i.e., provider, population and consumer).

Domain Technical Committees are focused on specific areas of healthcare IT interoperability.

Coordinating Committees are focuced on industry liaison, internal policy and governance activities.

HITSP Contacts

HITSP Secretariat
American National Standards Institute

Program Manager
LeRoy Jones, CISSP

Project Director
Frances Schrotter
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
American National Standards Institute

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