Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Health Information Security & Privacy Collaboration (HISPC)

The Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, in conjunction with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Governor's Association awarded Arkansas a year-long contract to explore strategies to improve electronic health information exchange while ensuring privacy and security. Ideally such efforts would pave the way for improved efficiencies, improved access to care, decreased medical errors, enhanced continuity of care, and ultimately reduced escalation of health care costs.

In the first phase of the project, which was staffed by ACHI, we brought together a broad range of stakeholders to develop consensus-based solutions to public and private barriers surrounding health information exchange and to identify and incorporate interoperability standards and protocols for improved exchange of health information.

In the second phase, the Arkansas team received additional funding for an 8-month period to develop strategies to implement solutions directly associated with Privacy and Security aspects of health information exchange (HIE).

In phase 3, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) provided funding (January–December 2008) to the Arkansas HISPC along with 11 other states to address issues around consent and authorization in order for HIE to take place across state borders. During this time, collaborators evaluated barriers and facilitators to interstate HIE and develop strategies for addressing the barriers and enhancing the enabling factors.

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Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201