Certification and Accreditation    for Health IT Systems       Maurice Dawson1, Jorja Wright2          1Alabama A&M Univer...
AbstractHealth information technology (IT) systems are essential to thehealthcare industry. In order to develop, deploy, a...
Health Information Exchange (HIE)• An association that  enables organizations to  electronically share health-  related in...
Certification and Accreditation                                          •   Oct. 4, 2012 –               U.S. Dept of Hea...
Unclassified DIACAP Controls                 STUDY CONDUCTED ON MISSION                   ASSURANCE CATEGORY III          ...
DIACAP IA Controls
Applicable Frameworks                DIACAP Common  CriteriaCertification                         NIST SP-800             ...
Health Insurance Portability &                     Accountability Act (HIPAA) and HIE• Office for Civil Rights (OCR)• Nati...
Benefits of Electronic Health Records                                              (EHR)• American Recovery and  Reinvestm...
Works Cited[1]. Health information exchange . (2012). “ONC HIT Certification Program”      Retrieved from http://www.healt...
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Health information technology (IT) systems are essential to the healthcare industry. In order to develop, deploy, and maintain these systems in compliance with the Health Information Exchange (HIE) a proper certification and accreditation (C&A) process is needed. The researchers will provide a model for C&A in the state hospital systems. C&A implementation is needed in order to protect patient information and uphold the standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). Executing Health IT systems can significantly improve healthcare quality, prevent medical oversights, immensely reduce healthcare costs, improve administrative competency, and expand healthcare access exponentially. Creating a national standard for healthcare IT systems implementation will improve the healthcare system and improve the process of healthcare delivery.

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  • Healthy Circles: “provides an enterprise-level connected health solution to empower care teams to deliver better care, to more patients, at a fraction of the cost” [2].“Platform’s interoperability and data integration capabilities for a flexible provide a flexible, bi-directional data exchange with existing electronic medical records (EMRs), clinical practice systems, hospital and lab records, claims and medication history, all centrally stored in a private and secure HIPAA compliant database” [2].
  • “(ONC) established a Temporary Certification Program (TCP) for Health Information Technology (Health IT) to provide a way for organizations to become authorized by the National Coordinator to certify and test Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology” [3].ONC HIT Certification Program – second part of ONC’s two-part process to establish a standardized certification process [3].ANSI: This innovative program is a liaszon for ONC to authorize health care organizations “to test and certify electronic health record (EHR) technology” [3].ANSI seeks to improve the certification processes for HIE nationally by enhancing “comprehensiveness, transparency, reliability, and efficiency” [3].Certification bodies should not only comply with ONC and ANSI, but also:ISO/IEC Guide 65 - General requirements for bodies operating product certification systemsIAF Guidance on the application of ISO/IEC Guide 6545 CFR PART 170 – Health Information Technology Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria and Certification Programs for Health Information Technology [3].
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  • Certification and Accreditation for Health IT Systems

    1. 1. Certification and Accreditation for Health IT Systems Maurice Dawson1, Jorja Wright2 1Alabama A&M University 2Florida Institute of Technology
    2. 2. AbstractHealth information technology (IT) systems are essential to thehealthcare industry. In order to develop, deploy, and maintain thesesystems in compliance with the Health Information Exchange (HIE) aproper certification and accreditation (C&A) process is needed. Theresearchers will provide a model for C&A in the state hospitalsystems. C&A implementation is needed in order to protect patientinformation and uphold the standards of the Health InsurancePortability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). Executing Health ITsystems can significantly improve healthcare quality, preventmedical oversights, immensely reduce healthcare costs, improveadministrative competency, and expand healthcare accessexponentially. Creating a national standard for healthcare IT systemsimplementation will improve the healthcare system and improve theprocess of healthcare delivery.
    3. 3. Health Information Exchange (HIE)• An association that enables organizations to electronically share health- related information [1].• Example: HealthyCircles, a San Diego-based company that shares health care information to patients, their families and members of the patient’s health care team [2]. Picture courtesy of HealthCircles [2].
    4. 4. Certification and Accreditation • Oct. 4, 2012 – U.S. Dept of Health – ONC institutes the Temporary and Human Services (HHS) Certification Program (TCP) [3]. – ONC Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program [3].Office of the National • ANSI is a coordinator of the U.S. Coordinator (ONC) voluntary standardization system [4]. • First five Health Information Technology Permanent – Certification Commission for Certification Program for Health Information Health Information Technology Technology (HIT) (CCHIT) – Drummond Group, Inc. – ICSA Laboratories, Inc. American National – InfoGard Laboratories, Inc. Standards Institute – Orion Register, Inc. [4] (ANSI)
    5. 5. Unclassified DIACAP Controls STUDY CONDUCTED ON MISSION ASSURANCE CATEGORY III UNCLASSIFIED CONTROLS
    6. 6. DIACAP IA Controls
    7. 7. Applicable Frameworks DIACAP Common CriteriaCertification NIST SP-800 Series
    8. 8. Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and HIE• Office for Civil Rights (OCR)• Nationwide Privacy and Security Framework for Electronic Exchange of Individually Identifiable Health Information (Privacy and Security Framework) [1].• Privacy Rule [5].
    9. 9. Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHR)• American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009• Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act [1]. Courtesy of Health IT [1].
    10. 10. Works Cited[1]. Health information exchange . (2012). “ONC HIT Certification Program” Retrieved from http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/health- information-exchange[2]. Healthy cirlces. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.healthycircles.com/[3]. Health IT. (2012). “ONC HIT Certification Program.” Retrieved from http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/onc-hit- certification-program.[4]. American National Standards Institute. (2012). “Ansi accredits first five health information technology certification bodies.” Retrieved fromhttp://www.ansi.org/news_publications/news_story.aspx?menuid= 7&articleid=3308#.UUfBWRzCaSo[5]. HHS. (2012). “The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Electronic Health Information Exchange in a Networked Environment.” http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/special/healthit/int roduction.pdf

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