HHS named a trio of contract winners charged with advancing the department's aggressive information technology platform, including widespread implementation of electronic medical records.
The organizations are the American National Standards Institute (ansi.org), for IT standards and harmonization; the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (cchit.org), an alliance of well-known healthcare IT associations, for compliance certification; and the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration, formed by the Research Triangle Institute (rti.org), for privacy and security issues.
The contracts are worth a total of $17.5 million. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt disclosed the contract winners in a speech this morning to the National Quality Forum, and at deadline, HHS was holding a conference call for the news media to provide more details. The department delayed announcing the winners from a Sept. 30 deadline. It requested proposals in June.
In his speech at the NQF, Leavitt discussed accelerating the widespread adoption of EMRs, in advance of President Bush's 10-year deadline, and described the contracts as "a very important part of moving forward with the vision and mission we share." The contracts come a day before the first scheduled meeting of the 16-member American Health Information Community, which is expected to steer development of a national health IT network.