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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – www.ahrq.gov

The health services research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), complementing the biomedical research mission of its sister agency, the National Institutes of Health.

Home to research centers that specialize in major areas of health care research:

      • Quality improvement and patient safety.
      • Outcomes and effectiveness of care.
      • Clinical practice and technology assessment.
      • Health care organization and delivery systems.
      • Primary care (including preventive services).
      • Health care costs and sources of payment.

A major source of funding and technical assistance for health services research and research training at leading U.S. universities and other institutions.

A science partner, working with the public and private sectors to build the knowledge base for what works—and does not work—in health and health care and to translate this knowledge into everyday practice and policymaking.

Alliance for Health Reform www.allhealth.org
A nonpartisan, nonprofit group, the Alliance believes that all in the U.S. should have health coverage at a reasonable cost. But we do not lobby for any particular blueprint, nor do we take positions on legislation. Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, a national leader in health policy, chairs the Alliance's board of directors and Senator William H. Frist of Tennessee, Senate majority leader and a heart and lung transplant surgeon, serves as the vice chairman. The diverse board includes distinguished leaders from the fields of health care, business, labor and consumer advocacy. Ed Howard, an attorney long active in national health care issues, heads the Alliance's staff.

American Academy of Family Physicians  – www.aafp.org
The mission of the AAFP is to improve the health of patients, families, and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity.

AAFP’s Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalitionwww.centerforhit.org
Mission: To promote and facilitate the adoption and optimal use of health information technology by AAFP members and other office-based clinicians, for the purposes of improving the quality and safety of medical care, and increasing the efficiency of medical practice.

The Center for Health Information Technology is the focal point of the AAFP's technical expertise, advocacy, research, and member services associated with medical office automation and computerization.

The Center is dedicated to increasing the availability and use of low-cost, standards-based information technology among family physicians, nationally, and internationally, through consultative, educational, and outreach activities.

The Center collaborates with government, industry, and other professional organizations to apply health information technology (HIT) to improve patient care and safety, and to increase the efficiency of health care delivery.

We hope to serve as the physician voice about the information revolution in office-based medical practice - to make widely known the views of physicians, and their patients, as they relate to empowerment through HIT.

American College of  Surgeonswww.facs.org
Dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.

American Health Information Management Association – www.ahima.org
The Mission of the American Health Information Management Association is to be the professional community that improves healthcare by advancing best practices and standards for health information management and the trusted source for education, research, and professional credentialing.

AHIMA values:

  • The public’s right to accurate and confidential personal health information
  • Innovation and leadership in advancing health information management practices and standards worldwide
  • Adherence to the AHIMA Code of Ethics
  • Advocacy and interdisciplinary collaboration with other professional organizations

American Health Quality Association - www.ahqa.org
The American Health Quality Association represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and professionals working to improve the quality of health care in communities across America. QIOs share information about best practices with physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes. Working together with health care providers, QIOs identify opportunities and provide assistance for improvement.

American Medical Associationwww.ama-assn.org
The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.

AMA policy on issues in medicine and public health is decided through its democratic policy-making process, in the AMA House of Delegates.

Physician Consortium for Performance Improvements - website
(Staffed by the AMA)
The American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (Consortium) is committed to enhancing quality of care and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources for physicians.  The Consortium is comprised of over 100 national medical specialty and state medical societies; the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; American Board of Medical Specialties and its member-boards; experts in methodology and data collection; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

American Medical Informatics Associationwww.amia.org
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) plays a pivotal role in the transformation of the US health system and makes measurable contributions to the improvement of health of the nation through continued development and implementation of health information technology. AMIA is an integrating force that strengthens the nation’s ability to create and manage the science and knowledge base of health care. AMIA is active in the development of global health information policy and technology with particular emphasis on using health information technology to meet the health needs of underserved populations.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Managementwww.ashrm.org
Established in 1980, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association with nearly 5,000 members representing health care, insurance, law and other related professions.

ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership through education, recognition, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading health care organizations and government agencies.

ASHRM initiatives focus on developing and implementing safe and effective patient care practices, the preservation of financial resources and the maintenance of safe working environments.

American Society of Anesthesiologistswww.asahq.org
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

Since its founding in 1905, the Society's achievements have made it an important voice in American Medicine and the foremost advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain.

American Society of Plastic Surgeonswww.plasticsurgery.org
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the society is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The society advocates for patient safety, such as requiring its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing. The society works in concert with the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF), founded in 1948, which supports research and educational programs for plastic surgeons.

ASTM Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics- website

ASTM Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics develops standards related to the architecture, content, storage, security, confidentiality, functionality, and communication of information used within healthcare and healthcare decision making, including patient-specific information and knowledge. Established in 1970, E31 meets semi-annually as a committee in May and November. Members and visitors attend three days of meetings that include technical subcommittee sessions and a plenary meeting. Some subcommittees occasionally meet on an accelerated basis. The Committee, with a current membership of approximately 300 members, has 3 technical subcommittees that have over 30 approved standards and additional draft standards. Information on subcommittee structure, and portfolio of approved standards and Work Items under development, are available from the List of Subcommittees, Standards and Work Items below. Approved standards are published annually in the Annual Book of ASTMStandards, Volume 14.01

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Bridges to Excellencewww.bridgestoexcellence.org
The Bridges to Excellence coalition is a not-for-profit organization created to encourage significant leaps in quality of care by recognizing and rewarding health care providers who demonstrate that they deliver safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centered care.


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California HealthCare Foundation http://www.chcf.org
The California HealthCare Foundation is an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California, and helping consumers make informed health care and coverage decisions. Formed in 1996, our goal is to ensure that all Californians have access to affordable, quality health care.

CHCF commissions research and analysis, publishes and disseminates information, convenes stakeholders, and funds development of programs and models aimed at improving the health care delivery and financing systems.

Centers for Disease Control and Preventionwww.cdc.gov
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.

Since it was founded in 1946 to help control malaria, CDC has remained at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. Today, CDC is globally recognized for conducting research and investigations and for its action oriented approach. CDC applies research and findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies.

CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people’s health. To do this, the agency is defining specific health impact goals to prioritize and focus its work and investments and measure progress.

Center for Information Technology Leadershipwww.citl.org
CITL was chartered in 2002 by Boston-based, nonprofit Partners HealthCare System as a research organization established to help guide the healthcare community in making more informed strategic IT investment decisions. Using a rigorous, analytic approach, CITL assesses information technologies, disseminates its research findings, and provides additional services designed to help healthcare providers realize greater value and improve quality of care. CITL’s research is also used by technology vendors to develop more effective healthcare IT products.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – www.cms.hhs.gov
CMS' Mission
To ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and to promote quality care for beneficiaries
CMS' Vision

  • To achieve a transformed and modernized health care system.
  • CMS will accomplish our mission by continuing to transform and modernize America's health care system.

CMS' Strategic Action Plan Objectives

  • Skilled, Committed, and Highly-Motivated Workforce
  • Accurate and Predictable Payments
  • High-Value Health Care
  • Confident, Informed Consumers
  • Collaborative Partnerships


Coalition for Affordable Quality Healthcare – www.caqh.org
CAQH, an unprecedented not-for-profit alliance of health plans, networks and trade associations, is a catalyst for industry collaboration on initiatives that simplify healthcare administration. CAQH solutions

  • Promote quality interactions between plans, providers and other stakeholders
  • Reduce costs and frustrations associated with healthcare administration
  • Facilitate administrative healthcare information exchange
  • Encourage administrative and clinical data integration

Mission Statement
To be a catalyst for industry collaboration on initiatives that simplify healthcare administration

Vision
To be the recognized leader in developing initiatives that simplify healthcare administration


Community Clinics Initiative - www.communityclinics.org
The Community Clinics Initiative (CCI), a unique collaboration between Tides and The California Endowment, began in 1999 to provide resources, evidence-based programming and evaluation, education and training to support community health centers and clinics. Through information sharing and major grants, CCI acts as a catalyst to strengthen California's community clinics and health centers to improve health outcomes in underserved communities. The state's community clinics offer high quality, low- and no-cost care, often in rural and inner city areas, providing a lifeline for millions of uninsured and underinsured Californians.

Connecting for Healthwww.connectingforhealth.org/
Connecting for Health is working to realize the full potential of information technology in health and health care, while protecting patient privacy and the security of personal health information. This public-private collaborative of more than 100 organizations is committed to enabling health professionals and patients to use information technology so that they can achieve the best care possible in emergency and routine situations, as well as in managing chronic illness. Connecting for Health was created by the Markle Foundation, and, is led and managed by Markle. The collaborative is funded by both Markle and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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eHealth Initiativewww.ehealthinitiative.org
The eHealth Initiative and the Foundation for eHealth Initiative are independent, non-profit affiliated organizations whose missions are the same: to drive improvement in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology. 

Both organizations are focused on engaging multiple and diverse stakeholders--including hospitals and other healthcare organizations, clinician groups, consumer and patient groups, employers and purchasers, health plans, healthcare information technology organizations, manufacturers, public health agencies, academic and research institutions, and public sector stakeholders--to define and then implement specific actions that will address the quality, safety and efficiency challenges of our healthcare system through the use of interoperable information technology.

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Flex Monitoring Team - www.flexmonitoring.org
The Rural Health Research Centers at the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina, and Southern Maine, under contract with the federal Office of Rural Health Policy are cooperatively conducting a performance monitoring project for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program).

The monitoring project assesses the impact of the Flex Program on rural hospitals and communities and the role of states in achieving overall program objectives, including improving access to and the quality of health care services; improving the financial performance of Critical AccessHospitals; and engaging rural communities in health care system development.

Foundation for Accountability Legacy Documents - website
FACCT (Foundation For Accountability), a national non-profit organization, recently decided to close its operations after nine years of advocacy for an accountable heath care system in which consumers are partners who help shape the delivery of care.

David Lansky, president of FACCT, has since joined the Markle Foundation as a director of the Health Program, which has long supported and collaborated with FACCT on health care quality and consumer outreach programs.

The Markle Foundation is committed to seeing that FACCT's key health care policy and research documents remain accessible to the public and has agreed to host them on the Markle Web site.


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Healthcare Quality Certification Boardwww.cphq.org
The Healthcare Quality Certification Board is a globally recognized leader dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare by providing a valid process for assessing the competency of professionals in healthcare quality.

Health Level Seven (HL7) www.hl7.org
Health Level Seven is one of several American National Standards Institute (ANSI) -accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) operating in the healthcare arena. Most SDOs produce standards (sometimes called specifications or protocols) for a particular healthcare domain such as pharmacy, medical devices, imaging or insurance (claims processing) transactions. Health Level Seven’s domain is clinical and administrative data.

Health Resources and Services Administration – www.hrsa.gov
HRSA is the nation's access agency – improving health and saving lives by making sure the right services are available in the right places at the right time.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

Comprising five bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.

HRSA oversees organ, tissue and bone marrow donation. It supports programs that prepare against bioterrorism, compensate individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

Since 1943 the agencies that were HRSA precursors have worked to improve the health of needy people. HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration were merged.


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Institute for Clinical Systems Improvementwww.icsi.org
The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), a collaboration of health care organizations, is an objective voice dedicated to championing health care quality and to helping its members identify and accelerate the implementation of best clinical practices for their patients.


Institute for Health Policy Solutions – www.ihps.org
The Institute for Health Policy Solutions (IHPS) is an independent, not-for-profit organization with a mission to develop transformative solutions to health system problems. Our expert staff design and analyze workable innovations with the overarching goal of achieving coverage by and for all Americans.

Institute for Healthcare Improvementwww.ihi.org
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a non-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world.  IHI was founded in 1991 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Institute for Medical Qualitywww.imq.org
The Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to patients across the continuum of health care. IMQ offers a wide range of educational, accreditation, consultation, and certification programs.

Institute of Medicine of the National Academieswww.iom.edu
The nation turns to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies for science-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health. A nonprofit organization specifically created for this purpose as well as an honorific membership organization, the IOM was chartered in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Institute provides a vital service by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance. The IOM's mission is to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health. The Institute provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large.


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Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizationswww.jointcommission.org
Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 7,800 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 7,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.


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Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts  – www.statehealthfacts.org
Statehealthfacts.org is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on over 500 health, health care, and health policy topics.


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The Leapfrog Groupwww.leapfroggroup.org
The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer members to encourage transparency and easy access to health care information as well as rewards for hospitals that have a proven record of high quality care.


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Markle Foundationwww.markle.org
Emerging information and communication technologies possess enormous potential to improve people's lives. The Markle Foundation works to realize this potential by accelerating the use of these technologies to address critical public needs, particularly in the areas of health and national security.

 

Medicare Quality Improvement Community – www.medqic.org
MedQIC supports Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and providers of services to Medicare beneficiaries in finding, using, and sharing quality improvement resources thereby advancing the quality improvement community.

The Medicare Quality Improvement Community (MedQIC, pronounced med-quick) is a national knowledge forum for healthcare and quality improvement professionals. It provides easy access to quality improvement resources and a community of professionals sharing knowledge and experiences to accelerate healthcare quality improvement across the nation.

MedQIC is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support and promote its Medicare Quality Improvement Program and its contractors, the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), in helping Medicare providers deliver the right care to every Medicare beneficiary, every time. There is more information about this program on the CMS website. CMS also has websites that provide information for consumers and provider-specific quality measures, as well as other information related to the Medicare program.

Medical Records Institutewww.medrecinst.com
The Medical Records Institute's (MRI) Mission is to promote and enhance the journey towards electronic health records, e-health, mobile health, and related applications of information technologies (IT).

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National Association for Healthcare Qualitywww.nahq.org
The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is the nation's leading organization for healthcare quality professionals. Founded in 1976, NAHQ currently comprises more than 5,000 individual members and 100 institutional members. Its goal is to promote the continuous improvement of quality in healthcare by providing educational and development opportunities for professionals at all management levels and within all healthcare settings.

National Coalition on Health Carewww.nchc.org
The National Coalition on Health Care is the nation’s largest and most broadly representative alliance working to improve America’s health care. The Coalition, which was founded in 1990 and is non-profit and rigorously non-partisan, is comprised of almost 100 organizations, employing or representing about 150 million Americans. Members are united in the belief that we need – and can achieve – better, more affordable health care for all Americans.

The Coalition brings together large and small businesses, the nation’s largest labor, consumer, religious and primary care provider groups, and the largest health and pension funds. Distinguished leaders from academia, business, and government have also pledged their support of the Coalition’s efforts. The Coalition’s Honorary Co-Chairmen are former Presidents George Bush, Gerald R. Ford, and Jimmy Carter, and its Co-Chairmen are former Governor Robert D. Ray (R-IA) and former Congressman Paul G. Rogers (D-FL). Its President is Henry E. Simmons, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

National Committee for Quality Assurancewww.ncqa.org
NCQA is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of health care. This Web site is a key part of that effort. It allows us to provide you and millions of other visitors with information you can use to help decide which health plan you want to cover you, your family, or your employees.


National Institute for Health Care Management – www.nihcm.org
The NIHCM Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of America's health care system.

The Foundation conducts research, policy analysis and educational activities on a range of health care issues. It fosters dialogue between the private health care industry and government to find workable solutions to health system problems.

The Foundation gives awards each year for excellence in health care research and journalism. It also serves as a clearing house for information on health care issues.

National Library of Medicine – www.nlm.nih.gov
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

National Quality Forum– www.qualityforum.org
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting. A shared sense of urgency about the impact of health care quality on patient outcomes, workforce productivity, and health care costs prompted leaders in the public and private sectors to create the NQF as a mechanism to bring about national change.

Established as a public-private partnership, the NQF has broad participation from all parts of the health care system, including national, state, regional, and local groups representing consumers, public and private purchasers, employers, health care professionals, provider organizations, health plans, accrediting bodies, labor unions, supporting industries, and organizations involved in health care research or quality improvement. Together, the organizational members of the NQF will work to promote a common approach to measuring health care quality and fostering system-wide capacity for quality improvement.


NQF Executive Institute - www.nqfexecutiveinstitute.org/
The NQF Executive Institute is an education and outreach initiative to guide leaders from all sectors of the healthcare system to achieve meaningful and sustainable advances in quality of care.

Specifically, we aim to:

  • Deepen understanding of the quality landscape, including the goals and priorities for quality improvement and key levers and tools to drive change.
  • Provide strategic guidance to help executives, Board members and policymakers effectively respond to the call for quality improvement and accountability.
  • Identify best practices — management strategies, organizational models, incentive structures and policy initiatives — that executives, Board members and policymakers can tap to drive meaningful change to advance quality of care.
  • Promote dialogue across stakeholder groups to align efforts to cultivate quality and maximize impact.

Our goal is to reach a multi-stakeholder audience — to identify opportunities for providers, payers, policymakers, suppliers, employers and patients and their families to advance quality improvement within their own sphere of influence and in coordination with one another.

In particular, we offer a policy-to-practice bridge to guide stakeholders to achieve national goals for quality improvement and to encourage "on the ground" experience to inform policy.

National Guideline Clearinghousewww.guideline.gov
The National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC was originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans (now America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]).

The NGC mission is to provide physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use.

National Institute of Standards and Technologycsrc.nist.gov
The Computer Security Division (CSD) - (893) is one of eight divisions within NIST's Information Technology Laboratory.

The mission of NIST's Computer Security Division is to improve information systems security by:

  • Raising awareness of IT risks, vulnerabilities and protection requirements, particularly for new and emerging technologies;
  • Researching, studying, and advising agencies of IT vulnerabilities and devising techniques for the cost-effective security and privacy of sensitive Federal systems;
  • Developing standards, metrics, tests and validation programs:
    • to promote, measure, and validate security in systems and services
    • to educate consumers and
    • to establish minimum security requirements for Federal systems
  • Developing guidance to increase secure IT planning, implementation, management and operation.


National Association of Health Data Organizations
www.nahdo.org
The National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) was created by the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH) and the Intergovernmental Health Policy Project (IHPP) at the George Washington University in the spring of 1986. At that time, NAHDO's purpose was to support the activities of state-level agencies - state data organizations (SDOs) - mandated to collect, analyze, disseminate, and use hospital discharge data sets. In the summer of 1986, representatives from state data organizations in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Tennessee met with WBGH and IHPP in Washington, DC, to launch NAHDO. Two years later, in April 1988, NAHDO became a private, not-for-profit, national, educational and charitable membership organization (501-C-3).

In 1989, the NAHDO Board of Directors broadened the membership qualifications to include organizations and individuals from the private for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Today, NAHDO's membership includes SDOs, federal agencies, peer review organizations, software and hardware vendors, consultive groups, and universities, as well as representatives from state and regional hospital associations, managed care organizations, health services research organizations, and the media, among others.

NAHDO is the only organization of its kind, bringing together members of the public and private sectors of the health information industry. Like any successful organization, NAHDO's success is linked inexorably to its members and their involvement in the association, their belief in the importance of NAHDO, and their commitment to help NAHDO meet its mission.

National Institutes of Healthwww.nih.gov
NIH is the nation's medical research agency – making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.

NIH research impacts:

Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.

For over a century, the National Institutes of Health has played an important role in improving the health of the nation. The NIH traces its roots to 1887 with the creation of the Laboratory of Hygiene at the Marine Hospital in Staten Island, NY.


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Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technologywww.hhs.gov/healthit
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides leadership for the development and nationwide implementation of an interoperable health information technology infrastructure to improve the quality and efficiency of health care and the ability of consumers to manage their care and safety.

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology serves as the Secretary's principal advisor on the development, application, and use of health information technology; coordinates the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) health information technology programs; ensures that HHS health information technology policy and programs are coordinated with those of other relevant executive branch agencies; and to the extent permitted by law, develops, maintains, and directs the implementation of a strategic plan to guide the nationwide implementation of interoperable health information technology in both the public and private health care sectors that will reduce medical errors, improve quality, and produce greater value for health care expenditures, and coordinates outreach and consultation by the relevant executive branch agencies with the public and private sectors.

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides comments and advice at the request of OMB regarding specific Federal health information technology programs.

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Pacific Business Group on Healthwww.pbgh.org
Founded in 1989, Pacific Business Group on Health is one of the nation's top business coalitions focused on health care. Our 50 large purchaser members spend billions of dollars annually to provide health care coverage to more than 3 million employees, retirees and dependents. PBGH is a respected voice in the state and national dialogue on how to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care while moderating costs. Partnering with the state's leading health plans, provider organizations, consumer groups and other stakeholders, PBGH works on many fronts to promote value-based purchasing in health care.

A 501(c)3 corporation, PBGH is results-oriented and member-driven. The coalition identifies health care and business trends, assesses the impact of those trends and recommends practical steps to advance a common agenda. It works closely with payors, providers, researchers and others to achieve the highest quality and most cost-effective health care. PBGH also works collaboratively with all purchasers in California and with other business coalitions throughout the United States.


Patient Safety Institute – www.ptsafety.org
PSI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization governed by leading consumer, physician and hospital advocates. We are working to ensure patients receive care from a healthcare provider who has access (with permission) to their Personal Health Record (regardless of the source).

PSI was formed to provide the healthcare industry with a commonly owned, inclusive network utility to support communities (Regional Health Information Organizations, RHIOs) in delivering real-time healthcare information to achieve:

  • High quality care through more complete clinical information at the point of treatment or decision
  • Safer care by reducing errors caused by incomplete clinical information
  • Lower costs through reduction in duplicate diagnostic tests and unnecessary admissions

PSI is NOT a vendor pushing a proprietary technology or product; communities are free to use the technology of their choice. PSI is a collaborative organization, like VISA, enabling communities and organizations to achieve success together they could only dream of individually (see Applying the Successful Financial Services Model to Healthcare - Credit Card Analogy).

Physician Consortium for Performance Improvementswebsite
(Staffed by the AMA)
The American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (Consortium) is committed to enhancing quality of care and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources for physicians.  The Consortium is comprised of over 100 national medical specialty and state medical societies; the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; American Board of Medical Specialties and its member-boards; experts in methodology and data collection; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

Press Ganey – www.pressganey.com
For over 20 years, Press Ganey has been committed to providing insightful information that allows our more than 7,000 health care client facilities to continuously improve their performance. Our foundation for success is built upon dedication to scientific integrity, relentless responsiveness to our clients' changing requirements, and an overall passion for helping our clients succeed. By pursuing and acting upon input from our clients, we are consistently able to develop and deliver the newest innovations. We continue to succeed by exchanging knowledge with our clients, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge between our clients.

Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund - website
To provide supplemental funding for public health and social service emergencies.


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Quality Improvement Organizationwww.ipro.org
IPRO is an independent, not-for-profit corporation committed to assessing and improving the value of health care services received by consumers through the use of innovative methods and technologies.


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Vermont Child Health Improvement Program - www.vchip.org
The Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) is a population-based child and adolescent health services research and quality improvement program of the University of Vermont.

VCHIP's mission is to optimize the health of Vermont's children by initiating and supporting measurement-based efforts to enhance private and public child health practice.

Research has shown that clinicians want to provide excellent care for their patients - care based on the most up-to-date evidence and best practice that is accessible, family-centered, comprehensive, and coordinated.  However, most clinicians recognize that current clinical systems, whether in practice, clinic, or hospital, do not allow them to provide excellent care all of the time.  VCHIP provides an established mechanism for Vermont's clinicians to continually improve the care they offer children and families throughout Vermont.

VCHIP supports clinicians in their efforts to improve care by providing the tested tools and techniques of quality improvement.  Much can be achieved through the understanding and application of basic quality improvement principles.  From this foundation VCHIP actively assists clinicians in incorporating these ideas into today's busy practices.  This is accomplished through:

  • Measurement-based assessments of current care delivery for specific populations.
  • One-on-one and group support with VCHIP’s quality improvement facilitators to identify specific achievable improvements in current office systems of care.
  • Active collaboration with others seeking to make improvements (other clinicians, state government, and private insurers).

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Walter Reed Health Care Systemwebsite
The Walter Reed Health Care System (WRHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system offering military families, in and around Washington, D.C., access to quality, comprehensive medical care. It is a partnership of the Army medical facilities at Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia, Fort Meade in Maryland, and Walter Reed in Washington, DC. The Walter Reed Health Care System is the Army's largest health care delivery system providing over 1,500,000 outpatient visits, over 15,000 ambulatory surgeries and almost 15,000 inpatient admissions to beneficaries from the National Capital Area (NCA) and from around the world.


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Please note that the descriptions of these sites are directly from the respective organizations' websites.