Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)

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Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) [1]


HITSP was formed October 6, 2005, through a grant awarded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)


HITSP is administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The HITSP Secretariat is located in the ANSI office in New York City. The current President is Dr. John Halamka, MD, CIO of Harvard Medical School. HITSP works in cooperation with Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Booz Allen Hamilton. The HITSP website includes a Document Library and Listserv Archive. All meetings of the Full Panel are located in the Washington, DC, area and their proceedings are publicly accessible by teleconference.


Membership on the Panel is open to four types of groups: standards development organizations (SDOs) (5%), non-SDO stakeholder organizations (80%), government bodies (8%) and consumer organizations (4%). Non-SDO stakeholder organizations include HIT vendors, professional societies, healthcare provider organizations, healthcare payers, and clinical researcher organizations.


“Achieve a widely accepted and useful set of standards that will enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare software applications.”

Interoperability Specifications (IS)

HITSP is working on Interoperability Specifications (IS) in the following areas: EHR Laboratory Results Reporting, Biosurveillance, Consumer Empowerment, Emergency Responder EHR, Quality, Medication Management, Personalized Healthcare, Consultations & Transfers of Care, Immunizations, Public Health Case Reporting, Patient-Provider Secure Messaging, and Remote Monitoring.

Webinar Series

Free webinars are held on the second Thursday of each month from 2 – 3:30 PM (Eastern). Nine past webinars are available by downloading the archives (.mp3, .pdf, .ppt) from the website.

John F Bober 21:40 16 December 2008 (EST)