196487 Health Information Privacy and Security Collaboration (HISPC): An overview

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 11:30 AM

Alison Kathleen Banger, MPH , Research Computing Division, RTI International, Atlanta, GA
Stephanie C. Rizk, MSc , Survey Research Division, RTI, International, Chicago, IL
Robert Bailey , Survey Research Division, RTI International, Chicago, IL
Linda L. Dimitropoulos, PhD , Survey Research Division, RTI, International, Chicago, IL
Background: The successful adoption of health information technology and implementation of electronic health information exchange has both local and nationwide components. Technology can accommodate a range of approaches to privacy and security, however, there is a limit to the amount of variability that can occur and still permit efficient exchange of electronic health information. Thus, research is needed to identify solutions that will conform with local preferences as well as support nationwide exchange.

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) was originally comprised of 34 states and territories working to identify privacy and security solutions to support interoperable health information exchange. By 2008, the HISPC project included 42 states and territories working jointly to address the many privacy and security challenges identified in Phase 1 of the project.

Objective/Purpose: To bring together states and territories to address key privacy and security issues essential to the successful implementation of health IT and health information exchange.

Methods and Results: After completion of an initial process to assess variation in state-level privacy and security practices, policies, and laws, states and territories formed “multi-state collaboratives” to develop common, replicable solutions to 7 identified priority areas. This presentation will provide detailed information about the solutions developed by each of the 7 multi-state collaboratives which seek to reduce variation in privacy and security practices, policies and laws as well as educate key constituencies.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the major privacy and security issues related to the electronic exchange of personal health information. 2. Identify the purpose for each of the 7 HISPC projects, including the barriers they are attempting to overcome. 3. Assess the work products that each project has developed and determine their usefulness for privacy and security solutions within their organization

Keywords: Information Technology, Public Health Informatics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on this project, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, for the last 2 years and manage a collaborative work group of 11 state teams addressing the issue of consent for disclosure of health information across state lines. I have contributed to all 3 major reports published under the project to date.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.