Glossary: H

  • Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

    Collectively refers to the health information technology provisions included at Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B of the ARRA.

  • Health Information Technology (Health IT)

    As defined in the ARRA, Health Information Technology means hardware, software, integrated technologies or related licenses, intellectual property, upgrades, or packaged solutions sold as services that are designed for or support the use by health care entities or patients for the electronic creation, maintenance, access, or exchange of health information.

  • Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)

    A multi-stakeholder coordinating body designed to provide the process within which stakeholders identify, select, and harmonize standards for communicating and encouraging broad deployment and exchange of health care information throughout the health care spectrum. The Panel’s processes are business process and use-case driven, with decision making based on the needs of all NHIN stakeholders. The Panel’s activities are led by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a not-for-profit organization that has been coordinating the U.S. voluntary standardization system since 1918.

  • Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST)

    Established the Common Security Framework (CSF), a certifiable framework that can be used by any and all organizations that create, access, store or exchange personal health and financial information.

  • Health Care Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)

    Widely used set of performance measures in the managed care industry, developed and maintained by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). HEDIS was designed to allow consumers to compare health plan performance to other plans and to national or regional benchmarks.

  • Health Care Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

    Health care industry membership organization focused on the optimal use of health information technology and management systems.

  • Health Care Quality and Cost Council (HCQCC)

    Public entity responsible for setting quality and cost targets for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Their mission is to develop and coordinate the implementation of health care quality improvement goals that are intended to lower or contain the growth in health care costs while improving the quality of care, including reductions in racial and ethnic health disparities.

  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)

    As defined by the Office of the National Coordinator and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT), Health Information Exchange refers to the electronic movement of health-related information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards.

  • Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC)

    Was a partnership consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of experts and the National Governor's Association (NGA). The HISPC worked with approximately 40 states or territorial governments to assess and develop plans to address variations in organization-level business policies and state laws that affect privacy and security practices which may pose challenges to interoperable health information exchange. RTI International, a private, nonprofit corporation, oversaw HISPC and was selected as the HHS contract recipient.

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

    Enacted by Congress in 1996, Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs. Title II of HIPAA, known as the administrative simplification (AS) provisions, requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers. The AS provisions also address the security and privacy of health data. The standards are meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange.