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21CFRPart11.com


Provides access to information
on the 21 CFR Part 11 rule and also maintains an email list
that actively discusses issues and concerns with industry
peers and government regulators. The site also contains the
latest conference, meeting and seminar information as well
as links to vendors and consultants who can help the
pharmaceutical community with issues of compliance with
regulations and productivity.

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Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)


A private, non-profit organization formed in 1979 to assist
ambulatory health care organizations in improving the
quality of care provided to patients. It accomplishes this
by setting standards, measuring performance and providing
consultation and education where needed. Accreditation is
ultimately awarded to those organizations that are found to
be in compliance with the Accreditation Association
standards.

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Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


Practical health care
information, research findings, and data to help consumers,
health providers, health insurers, researchers, and
policymakers make informed decisions about health care
issues.

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Altarum
Institute


A nonprofit research institute,
working to become the nation’s preeminent provider of
objective health systems research and solutions.

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American Academy of Family Physicians
(AAFP)


The national association of family doctors.
Family practice is the medical specialty which provides
continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual
and the family. The scope of family practice encompasses all
ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease
entity.

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American
Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA)


Association for healthcare
leaders, to enhance their profession and community health.
Mission is to develop excellence in healthcare and
leadership.

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American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)


An organization of 57,000
pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal
physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all
infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

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American
Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM)


Professional organization in
health care administrative management. Through a national
organization and local chapters, AAHAM provides member
services and leadership in the areas of education,
communication, representation, professional standards and
certification.

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American
Association of Healthcare Consultants (AAHC)


A credentialing, professional,
and practice development organization for the healthcare
consulting profession. Advances the knowledge, quality, and
standards of practice for consulting to management in the
healthcare industry. Enhances the understanding and image of
the healthcare consulting profession and Member Firms among
its various publics.

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American
Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS)


A national not-for-profit
medical association that helps maintain the highest
professional standards among member physicians. AAPS offers
board certification and recertification exams in a number of
medical specialties; hosts special medical conferences for
physicians to learn about emerging medical issues and
breakthroughs; and provides a "Members Only" section of the
Web site which allows members to facilitate professional
communication amongst colleagues.

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American
Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians
(ABQAURP)


A non-profit education and
certification board that has certified physicians, nurses,
and other healthcare professionals in Health Care Quality
and Management, with Sub-Specialty Certification in Managed
Care; Risk Management; Case Management; and Workers’
Compensation.

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American
College of Healthcare Administrators (ACHCA)


A professional society for
administrators in long-term care. Offers educational
programming, and career development through certification,
networking, opportunities, and cutting edge communications.

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American College of Healthcare
Executives (ACHE)



An international professional society of nearly 30,000
healthcare executives who lead our nation’s hospitals,
healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations.

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American
College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE)


The standard-setting and
certification body of the Medical Group Management
Association (MGMA) which offers board certification,
self-assessment and leadership development for medical
practice executives.

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American
College of Physician Executives (ACPE)


AMA-recognized specialty
society, representing physicians, that provides educational
and career development programs to build the knowledge and
skills needed to shape the future of healthcare.

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American College of Physicians
(ACP)


The nation’s largest medical specialty society. Its
mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of
healthcare by fostering excellence and professionalism in
the practice of medicine. Members are physicians in general
internal medicine and related subspecialties, including
cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology,
hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease,
oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and
geriatrics.

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American
Health Care Association (AHCA)


A non-profit federation of affiliated state health
organizations, together representing more than 10,000
non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility,
developmentally-disabled, and subacute care providers that
care for more than 1.5 million elderly and disabled
individuals nationally. AHCA represents the long term care
community to the nation at large – to government, business
leaders, and the general public.

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American Health Information Community (AHIC)


A federal advisory body, chartered in 2005 to make
recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) on how to accelerate the
development and adoption of health information technology.

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American Health Information Community (AHIC) Workgroups

The American Health Information Community (the
Community) decided at its November 29, 2005 meeting to form
workgroups in the following areas: biosurveillance, consumer
empowerment, chronic care, and electronic health records.
Subsequently, at the May 16, 2006 Community meeting, two
additional groups were formed: the Biosurveillance Data
Steering Group as a sub-workgroup within the Biosurveillance
Workgroup (renamed Population Health and Clinical Care
Connections Workgroup), and the Confidentiality, Privacy &
Security Workgroup, which was created as a cross-cutting
workgroup responsible for an issue relevant to all the
workgroups. More recent, at the August 1, 2006, meeting, the
Community formed the Quality Workgroup to address the need
for the development of quality measures; and at the October
31, 2006, meeting, the Personalized Healthcare Workgroup was
formed to develop and make recommendations on standards for
interoperable integration of genomic test information into
personal e-health records.

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American Health Information
Management Association (AHIMA)


Professional association that represents specially
educated health information management professionals who
work throughout the healthcare industry. Health information
management professionals serve the healthcare industry and
the public by managing, analyzing, and utilizing data vital
for patient care as well as making it accessible to
healthcare providers when it is needed most.

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American
Health Quality Association (AHQA)


A charitable, educational, not-for-profit national
membership association dedicated to health care quality
through community-based, independent quality evaluation and
improvement programs.

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American Hospital Association
(AHA)


National organization that represents and serves all
types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients
and communities. Through representation and advocacy
activities, AHA ensures that members’ perspectives and needs
are heard and addressed in national health policy
development, legislative and regulatory debates, and
judicial matters.

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American Medical Association
(AMA)


A national professional organization for all physicians
that serves as the steward of medicine and leader of the
medical profession. The AMA’s envisioned future is to be an
essential part of the professional life of every physician
and an essential force for progress in improving the
nation’s health. It is a strong advocate for physicians and
their patients, by protecting the patient-physician
relationship, which is at the heart of medicine.

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American
Medical Group Association (AMGA)


A trade association that
represents the nation’s leading medical groups. Advocates
for the multispecialty medical group model of healthcare
delivery and for the patients served by medical groups
through innovation and information sharing, benchmarking,
leadership development, and continuous striving to improve
patient care.

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American Medical Informatics
Association (AMIA)


A nonprofit membership organization of individuals,
institutions, and corporations dedicated to developing and
using information technologies to improve healthcare. The
members of AMIA include physicians, nurses, computer and
information scientists, biomedical engineers, medical
librarians, and academic researchers and educators.

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American Nurses Association (ANA)


Official web site of the
American Nurses Association. Site covers the world of
nursing, including: certification, continuing education,
practice, policy, legislation, publications and much more.

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American
Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)


A non-profit organization that
provides networking, education and information resources
that enrich and strengthen the roles of nurses in the field
of informatics. The field of nursing informatics includes
domains of clinical information, education and
administration decision support.

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American
Telemedicine Association (ATA)


Resource and advocate promoting
access to medical care for consumers and health
professionals via telecommunications technology. Seeks to
bring together diverse groups from traditional medicine,
academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications
companies, e-health, medical societies, government and
others to overcome barriers to the advancement of
telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable
improvement in health care delivery.

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Association
of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS)


Professional organization for
physicians dedicated to apply information technology to
improve the practice of medicine and advance the field of
Applied Medical Informatics.

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ASTM Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics

A Technical Committee of ASTM International (originally
known as
the American Society
for Testing and Materials
)
that 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.

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Australian
Health Information Council (AHIC)


Advises Health Ministers via the Australian Health
Ministers’ Advisory Council on how information management
and information and communication technology (IM&ICT) effort
can be harnessed to address current and emerging needs in
health care delivery, management and planning.

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Bridges to Excellence


Nation’s largest
employer-sponsored effort to reward physicians for
delivering high-quality care.

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Bureau of Primary Health Care
(BPHC)




Specializes in Primary Health
Care issues in the Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS).
 


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Café Rx


An alliance of industry leading
companies and organizations working together with a common
mission to facilitate the use of end-to-end electronic
prescribing by physicians and pharmacists.

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Calgary Health Region’s Electronic Health Record Site


Official web site of the
Calgary Health Region’s Electronic Health Record project.

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California
HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)


The independent philanthropy’s
online resource for independent research, analysis, and news
on issues affecting health care delivery and financing.

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California
Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO)


A collaborative, statewide effort to support the use of
information technology and the creation of a secure health
information data exchange system that will improve the
safety, quality, and efficiency of healthcare for all
Californians.

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CareSpark


A Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)

in the Central Appalachian
region dedicated to improving health through the
collaborative use of health information.
CareSpark
proposes to develop a secure network that allows physician
offices, hospitals, public health departments, pharmacies,
laboratories and imaging centers to communicate
electronically in order to improve patient care and safety.


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Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS)


The Center for Health Information and Decision Systems
(CHIDS) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business,
University of Maryland is an academia-led effort with
collaboration from industry and government affiliates,
designed to research, analyze, and recommend solutions to
challenges surrounding the introduction and integration of
information and decision technologies into the health care
system.

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Center for Health Information Technology (CHiT)


Mission: To promote and
facilitate the adoption and optimal use of health
information technology by American Academy of Family
Physicians (AAFP) members and other office-based clinicians,
for the purposes of improving the quality and safety of
medical care, and to increase the efficiency of medical
practice.

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Center for Health Transformation


A meeting place for
individuals, companies, associations, and other
organizations who seek to accelerate the transformation to a
21st century system of health and healthcare, characterized
by better outcomes and more choices at lower cost.

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Center for
Information Technology Leadership (CITL)


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.

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Center for Information Therapy


Mission is to improve health by
getting the right information to the right person at the
right time to help people make better health decisions.

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Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)


Dedicated to improving the
quality, efficiency and outcomes of patient care. Provides
information about patient care from the perspective of
patients, health care professionals, the health care system
and payers.

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Center for Practice Innovation (CPI)


The Center for Practice
Innovation (the "Center") is an effort, started on January
1, 2006, by the American College of Physicians (ACP) to
address some of the many needs of small and medium-sized
internal medicine practices. The Center will test practice
redesign strategies in 25-50 representative physician
offices across the United States. The goal will be to
improve clinical quality while addressing the impact of such
strategies on patient satisfaction, safety, the economics of
practice, and the adoption of health information technology.

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Center
for Studying Health System Change (HSC)


A nonpartisan policy research
organization, located in Washington, D.C., that designs and
conducts studies focused on the U.S. health care system to
inform the thinking and decisions of policy makers in
government and private industry.

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Center for
Telehealth & E-Health Law (CTeL)


Provides public policy analysis on telehealth, e-health,
and emerging technologies. CTeL keeps you informed about the
latest telehealth and e-health news.

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Center for
the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology
(CIMIT)


Mission is to improve patient
care by facilitating collaboration of scientists, engineers,
and clinicians to catalyze development of innovative
technology, emphasizing minimally invasive diagnosis and
therapy.

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Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)


A Federal agency within the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Programs for
which CMS is responsible include

Medicare
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Medicaid
,

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
,

HIPAA
, and

CLIA
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Collaborative Electronic Health Record Network (CEHR Net)


The goal of CEHR Net is to
produce re-useable Electronic Health Record (EHR) software
components.

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College of Healthcare
Information Management Executives (CHIME)


A membership organization that serves the professional
needs of healthcare Chief Information Officers; and to
advance the strategic application of information technology
in innovative ways aimed at improving the effectiveness of
healthcare delivery.

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Commission on Systemic Interoperability (CSI)


Authorized by the Medicare Modernization Act to develop a
comprehensive strategy, containing priorities and timelines,
for the adoption and implementation of privacy-protected
systems of electronic personal health information. These
systems should be developed around the healthcare consumer
to facilitate wellness and the safe delivery of optimal
health care.

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Computerization
Of Medical Practices for the Enhancement
of Therapeutic Effectiveness (COMPETE)


A research project involving a
network of primary care practices in the Hamilton-Wentworth
area. It was coordinated from the Centre for Evaluation of
Medicines (CEM), an evidence-based therapeutics research and
education centre in St. Joseph’s Hospital and McMaster
University. Each family practice in the network used the
same EMR software and was connected electronically to the
research centre.

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Connecting for Health


A public-private collaborative
designed to address the barriers to development of an
interconnected health information infrastructure.

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Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI)


A federal government initiative
that will establish a portfolio of existing clinical
vocabularies and messaging standards enabling federal
agencies to build interoperable federal health data systems.
This commonality will enable all federal agencies to “speak
the same language” and share that information without the
high cost of translation or data re-entry. Federal agencies
could then pursue projects meeting their individual business
needs aimed at initiatives such as sharing electronic
medical records and electronic patient identification.

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Continua Health Alliance


A collaborative industry organization dedicated to
bringing together standards and diverse technology to create
new health care solutions. The alliance envisions personal
telehealth systems that combine diverse products and
technologies to enable better personal health care for
people worldwide. Founding members include Avita, Body
Media, Cisco, GE, IBM, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, Medtronic,
Motorola, Nonin, Omron, Panasonic, Partners Healthcare,
Philips, Polar Electro, RMD Networks, Samsung, Sharp,
Tunstall, Welch-Allyn, and Zensys.

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CPOE.org


Presents the results of
research by the Physician Order Entry Team (POET) at Oregon
Health & Science University. The team is funded by a grant
from the National Library of Medicine to study success
factors for implementing Physician Order Entry (POE).

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Delmarva Foundation


A national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to
improving healthcare quality in over 30 states. As the
Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Maryland
and the District of Columbia, Delmarva works with the
federal government, state agencies, private organizations,
doctors, nurses, consumers, managed care organizations,
hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and academic
institutions. Their quality improvement efforts include
frontline interventions, training, informed choices for
consumers, performance review, data analysis, and quality
assurance.

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Disease
Management Association of America (DMAA)


A non-profit, voluntary membership organization that
represents all aspects of the disease management community.
Creation of the association was in response to the continued
growth of disease management in the United States. The
increasing number of stakeholders dependent on the promise
of disease management for cost effective, quality health
care in the next millennium has created a need for a single
voice and a more scientific approach to the measurement of
the success of disease management programs.

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eHealth Initiative
(eHI)


An independent, non-profit
affiliated organization whose mission is to drive
improvement in the quality, safety, and efficiency of
healthcare through information and information technology.
The organization is focused on engaging multiple and diverse
stakeholders–including hospitals and other healthcare
organizations, clinician 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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eHealth Institute


A private, charitable nonprofit
organization that seeks to harness the power of emerging
technologies, especially the Internet, to improve health for
all.

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eHealth
Vulnerability Reporting Program (eHVRP)


A collaborative of health care industry organizations,
technology companies and security professionals whose
mandate is to establish approaches and procedures that will
help ensure eHealth systems are broadly and rapidly deployed
with the highest levels of privacy and security.

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EHR Collaborative


A group of organizations
representing key stakeholders in healthcare, including
practicing clinicians, payers, purchasers, researchers,
healthcare providers, IT suppliers, information and
technology managers, accrediting groups, public health
organizations, manufacturers, and public sector partners.
The goal of the EHR Collaborative is to facilitate rapid
input from the healthcare community in this and other
development initiatives that advance the adoption of
information standards for healthcare.

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ePrescribe Florida


A collaborative framework of industry stakeholders
working together to help accelerate physician adoption of
electronic prescribing by fostering cooperation and
coordination among prescribing constituents.

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FasterCures – The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions


An "action tank" committed to building faster tracks to find
tomorrow’s cures today. Their mission is to clear the path
between an idea for treatment and getting a treatment to the
patient.

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Federation of
American Hospitals (FAH)


National representative of investor-owned or managed
community hospitals and health systems throughout the United
States and a health policy and advocacy organization.
Provides representation and advocacy on behalf of its
members to Congress, the Executive Branch, the judiciary,
media, academia, accrediting organizations and the public.
The Federation serves its members as a clearinghouse for
information about the nation’s most vital health policy
issues. These include Medicare and Medicaid, the uninsured,
health care quality, patient safety, health information
technology, medical liability insurance reform, rural health
care, long-term hospital care, inpatient psychiatric care,
hospital emergency preparedness, antitrust, compliance, the
health care workforce shortage, privacy and confidentiality,
tax issues, and rehabilitation services, among other
important issues.

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Health Canada’s Office of Health and the Information Highway
(OHIH) Electronic Health Record Site


Official Electronic Health
Record web site of Health Canada’s Office Of Health and the
Information Highway.

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Health
IT Now!



A coalition to promote the rapid deployment of heath
information technology (Health IT). Health IT will benefit
patients and health care consumers while supporting health
practitioners to make smart decisions about patient care and
save money. Health IT Now! believes timely and consensus
legislative action is critical, necessary and possible this
year to create a basis for future action.

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Health On the
Net Foundation (HON)


HON’s mission is to guide
Internet users to reliable understandable accessible and
trustworthy sources of medical and health information. HON
specialized Search engine and directory help Internet Users
and Health Professionals to find the most reliable sources
of information.

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Health Level
7 (HL7)


Health Level Seven is one of
several ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs)
operating in the healthcare arena. Health Level Seven’s
domain is clinical and administrative data.

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HealthAlliant


A non-profit organization that provides advisory services
for the Planning, Formation and Financing of Regional Health
Information Organizations (RHIOs)
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Healthcare Financial Management
Association (HFMA)


The nation’s leading personal membership organization
for healthcare financial management professionals. HFMA
brings perspective and clarity to the industry’s complex
issues for the purpose of preparing its members to succeed
and, more importantly, to be successful.

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Healthcare Information
and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)



Professional organization focused on providing leadership
for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and
management systems for the betterment of human health. HIMSS
represents more than 13,000 individual members and some 150
member corporations that employ more than 1 million people.
HIMSS shapes and directs healthcare public policy and
industry practices through its advocacy, educational and
professional development initiatives designed to promote
information and management systems’ contributions to quality
patient care.

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Healthcare
Information System Management Association (HISMA)


A consortium of healthcare
professionals who are committed to promoting constant
improvement in the use of information technology within the
healthcare industry.

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Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel
(HITSP)


The mission of HITSP is to
serve as a cooperative partnership between the public and
private sectors for the purpose of achieving a widely
accepted and useful set of standards specifically to enable
and support widespread interoperability among healthcare
software applications, as they will interact in a local,
regional and national health information network for the
United States. Comprised of a wide range of stakeholders,
the Panel will assist in the development of the U.S.
Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) by addressing
issues such as privacy and security within a shared
healthcare information system. The Panel is sponsored by the
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in cooperation
with strategic partners such as the Healthcare Information
and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Advanced
Technology Institute (ATI) and Booz Allen Hamilton. Funding
for the Panel is being provided via the ONCHIT1 contract
award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Healthcare IQ


A division of IQPC
(International Quality & Productivity Center). Dedicated to
providing practical, detailed information through
conferences held at both the national and international
level.

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Healthcare
Leadership Council


A coalition of chief executives
from all disciplines within the health care system that is
the exclusive forum for the leaders of our nation’s health
care system to jointly develop policies, plans and programs
to achieve their vision of a 21st century health care
system.

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Healthcare
Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI)


The Healthcare Quality
Improvement Organization (QIO) of New Jersey. HQSI, formerly
PRONJ (Peer Review Organization of NJ), is dedicated to accelerating
improvement in healthcare quality for people with Medicare
in New Jersey.

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HealthInsight


A private, non-profit
organization dedicated to improving the health care systems
of Utah and Nevada. Their goal is to become the recognized
leader of health care quality improvement in their
communities.

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HealthTech


A non-profit research and
education organization that develops objective technology
forecasts, innovative decision-making tools and facilitates
a learning network of experts and health system leaders for
the exclusive benefit of its more than 40 Partner
organizations: healthcare systems, hospitals, safety-net
providers and government agencies.

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Highmark eHealth Collaborative


The goal of the Highmark
eHealth Collaborative is to encourage the adoption of health
information technology used in patient care in order to
improve patient safety and quality of care, while increasing
cost efficiency. This collaborative is a supporting
organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation and is not a
subsidiary or affiliate of Highmark Inc.

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HIMSS
Electronic Health Record Vendors Association (EHRVA)


A trade association of
Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendors that addresses
national efforts to create interoperable EHRs in hospital
and ambulatory care settings. The association is a partner
of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
(HIMSS) and operates as an organizational unit within HIMSS
for vendors who are EHR software solution providers. HIMSS
EHRVA helps HIMSS establish its strategic direction and
official positions on issues related to the EHR.

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HIMSS RHIO Federation


The Healthcare Information and
Management Systems Society (HIMSS) founded the HIMSS RHIO
Federation to connect, provide advocacy support, and educate
organizations involved in Regional Health Information
Organizations (RHIOs) and Health Information Exchanges
(HIEs).

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HIPAA.ORG


Comprehensive resource for
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
of 1996).

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HospitalConnect


This site links together the
Internet sites for dozens of organizations serving
healthcare providers making it faster and more convenient to
access information from member sites.

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House 21st Century Health Care Caucus


A bipartisan organization of
members from the U.S. House of Representatives committed to
realizing this transformation of the health system to
deliver higher quality, safer, more efficient, and
better-coordinated care.

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Illinois
Foundation for Quality Health Care (IFQHC)


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) defines
the Illinois Foundation for Quality Health Care’s (IFQHC)
health care quality improvement activities and
responsibilities when working with the health care community
and Medicare beneficiaries in Illinois. IFQHC’s primary role
in Health Care Quality Improvement Program (HCQIP) projects
is to serve as a facilitator for quality improvement by
offering their experience in developing sound quality
indicators and data collection tools, as well as project
design and implementation.

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Illumisys


The health information technology division of Lumetra,
an independent non-profit organization dedicated to
improving the quality, safety, and integrity of healthcare.
Illumisys is committed to assisting healthcare providers in
the transformation of their organizations through the
adoption and use of technology.

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Indian
Health Service (IHS) Electronic Health Record Website


Site is designed primarily for
IHS, Tribal, and Urban (I/T/U) Indian health care facilities
that are actively involved in implementation of IHS-EHR, or
are contemplating doing so in the near future. It provides a
variety of information about the EHR product, as well as
links to a number of helpful documents.

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Indiana
Health Information Exchange (IHIE)


A non-profit venture backed by a unique collaboration of
Indiana health care institutions. The vision is to use
information technology and shared clinical information to:
Improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care
in the state of Indiana; Create unparalleled research
capabilities for health researchers; Exhibit a successful
model of health information exchange for the rest of the
country.

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Informatics Institute of UMDNJ


Established to integrate and
strengthen informatics activities across the Schools of the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The
Institute seeks to advance biomedical research, educate
scientists, and enhance clinical practice through innovation
in the broad disciplines that comprise Informatics.

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Institute for Health Care Delivery Research


The vision is to improve quality and reduce the cost of
health care services by providing technical support and
education for clinical research and process management
within the

Intermountain Healthcare
system, a nonprofit healthcare
system serving the healthcare needs of Utah and southeastern
Idaho residents.


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Institute for
Healthcare Improvement (IHI)


A not-for-profit organization
driving the improvement of health by advancing the quality
and value of health care.

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Institute of Medicine
(IOM)


The IOM was chartered in 1970
as a component of the National Academy of Sciences. The
Institute works 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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InteractiveHealth.org

A web site for the promotion of research and development
of interactive health applications.

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IPRO

A health care evaluation and quality improvement
organization. An independent, not-for-profit New York
corporation, IPRO’s clients include federal and state
agencies, providers, managed care organizations, commercial
insurers, Fortune 500 companies, business coalitions and
unions across the country.

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Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
(JCAHO)


An independent, not-for-profit
organization, that serves as a standards-setting and
accrediting body for health care organizations and programs
in the United States.

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Joint
Commission Resources (JCR)


A global, knowledge-based
organization which disseminates information regarding
accreditation, standards development and compliance, good
practices, and health care quality improvement. JCR is a
subsidiary of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

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Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative


The mission of the Louisiana Health Care Redesign
Collaborative (Collaborative) is to develop, and oversee the
implementation of, a practical blueprint for an
evidence-based, quality driven health care system for
Louisiana. This blueprint will serve as a guide to health
care policy in Louisiana and for the recovery and rebuilding
of health care in the hurricane-affected areas of the state.
The vision of this Collaborative is that, once implemented,
this redesign of Louisiana’s health care system generally,
and Greater New Orleans specifically, will serve as a model
for the nation.

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Louisville
Health Information Exchange (LouHIE)


A not-for-profit organization, governed by a healthcare
community board. Its vision is to improve quality and
contain rising costs of healthcare in the Louisville,
Kentucky area by providing consumers and their providers
anytime, anywhere access to complete healthcare information
and decision support.

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Lumetra


A non-profit organization dedicated to measurably improving
the quality, safety, and integrity of healthcare. Lumetra
has been awarded statewide and national contracts by the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


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Markle
Foundation


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.

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Massachusetts
eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)


A non-profit entity backed by
34 leading institutions seeking to create a state-wide
health information network to improve the quality, safety,
and affordability of health care through the promotion of
widespread implementation and use of secure and confidential
electronic clinical information systems, including
electronic health records, medical decision support, and
clinical data exchange capabilities. The Collaborative will
also evaluate and promote reimbursement and other financial
mechanisms to facilitate widespread adoption and continued
use of electronic clinical information systems technology by
all health care professionals and provider organizations.

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Massachusetts Health Data Consortium


The Consortium brings together New England’s key healthcare
organizations for collaborative projects aimed at improving
the healthcare environment. Develops, collects, analyzes and
disseminates information to improve the health and
healthcare of the region.

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Massachusetts Medical Society


Oldest continuously operating
medical society in the United States, was established as a
professional association of physicians by the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts in an Act of Incorporation, Chapter 15 of
the Acts of 1781, just days after the Revolutionary War’s
climactic Battle of Yorktown.

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MassPRO


Healthcare quality improvement
organization for Massachusetts, founded as a wholly-owned
subsidiary of the Massachusetts Medical Society that is a
not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors
comprised of physicians, health care administrators,
researchers, academicians, and consumers.

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Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)


An organization for medical
group practice managers. Site contains resources, products,
education and programs specific to medical group practice.

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Medical Records Institute
(MRI)


Promotes and enhances the journey towards electronic
health records, e-health, and mobile health, and related
applications of information technologies (IT).

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Medical
Society of New Jersey (MSNJ)


Started in 1776, MSNJ is the
oldest professional society in the United States. Works to
ensure the sanctity of the physician/patient relationship.
In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for
the rights of patients and physicians alike for the delivery
of the highest quality medical care.

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MedicAlert Foundation


A non-profit healthcare informatics organization
dedicated to providing services to its members that protect
and save lives. Services are built around a repository of
health information that enables members to manage their
personal health records while maintaining security, privacy
and confidentiality. As the trusted third party custodian of
comprehensive personal health information, the MedicAlert
repository can connect to and provide critical medical
information between patients, providers, payers, and first
responders 24 hours a day anywhere in the world.

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Medicare
Quality Improvement Community (MedQIC)


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.

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MedVirginia


A regional health information organization (RHIO) serving
the healthcare providers in the Richmond, Virginia region.
The mission of MedVirginia is to organize, coordinate and
serve provider interests in health care information
technology by providing a system for community-wide clinical
data and information exchange that enables and supports
improved business and clinical transactions.

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Microsoft
Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG)


An independent, not-for-profit
organization, not affiliated with Microsoft Corporation,
catering to the needs of information systems developers and
users in the healthcare industry.

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MidSouth eHealth Alliance (MSEHA)


A non-profit initiative to improve the quality, safety,
and efficiency of health care in the Memphis, Tennessee
area. The Alliance is a community-wide information system
that helps health care providers share health information in
the treatment of patients. Providers are doctors, nurses,
healthcare workers, hospitals, and clinics.

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Midwest
Alliance for Nursing Informatics (MANI)


A not-for-profit organization
that serves as a resource throughout the Midwestern United
States for leadership, education and networking
opportunities to the nursing informatics community at large.

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Minnesota e-Health Initiative


A public-private collaborative effort to improve healthcare
quality, increase patient safety, reduce healthcare costs
and enable individuals and communities to make the best
possible health decisions by accelerating the adoption and
use of health information technology.

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Mobile
Healthcare Alliance (MoHCA)


An independent, not-for-profit organization that
promotes the adoption of mobile technologies to support the
delivery of higher quality health.

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MSU
(Michigan State University Clinical Center) Electronic
Medical Records


Web site for initiative by MSU
and its health professions colleges that is implementing an
advanced electronic medical record (EMR) system at all MSU
Health Team clinic sites.

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National
Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)


A non-profit, non-partisan
organization dedicated to helping states achieve excellence
in health policy and practice.

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National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT)


A diverse partnership of leaders from all healthcare
sectors working to leverage technology to achieve measurable
improvements in patient safety, quality, and efficiency. The
Alliance brings together teams of senior healthcare
executives within and across organizations to overcome
barriers and accumulate critical knowledge, enabling them to
optimize technology to realize the highest level of patient
care and enhanced financial performances.

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National
Alliance for Primary Care Informatics (NAPCI)


An evolving, coordinating group
of primary care organizations committed to the development
and implementation of a national strategy for the use of
information technology and management in primary care.

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National
Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)


An organization for healthcare
quality professionals whose 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.

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National
Coalition on Health Care


The nation’s largest and most
broadly representative alliance working to improve America’s
health care.

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National Center for Health
Statistics (NCHS)


The nation’s principal health
statistics agency that compiles statistical information to
guide actions and policies to improve the health of the
American people. NCHS is an agency of the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), which is part of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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National
Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)


The premier source for
information about the quality of the nation’s managed care
plans. NCQA is an independent, non-profit organization whose
mission is to improve health care quality everywhere. Site
provides its visitors with information that can be used to
help decide which health plan is best to cover them, their
family, or their employees.

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National
Committee for Quality Health Care (NCQHC)


A non-profit, national, independent, educational membership
organization comprised of senior leaders from all sectors of
the healthcare industry sharing a common interest in quality
as a foundation of healthcare delivery.


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National
E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA)


Established to accelerate the adoption of e-health by
supporting the process of reform in the Australian health
sector. NEHTA is based on a collaborative approach to
enabling reform through e-health. The Australian Government
and the Governments of all States and Territories have
agreed that cooperation is essential to develop the
foundations of e-health. As a result, NEHTA has been
established by all jurisdictions as the national vehicle to
facilitate this cooperation. NEHTA is jointly funded and
governed by all Australia jurisdictions.

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National
Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)


Seeks to catalyze a national
commitment to improve health care for children, as well as
to achieve better outcomes in practices that care for
children by developing, testing and deploying new methods to
provide and improve care.

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National
Institutes of Health (NIH)


Official website of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), a medical research
center which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. This website offers health information
for the public as well as medical professionals.

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National Quality Forum (NQF)


A private, not-for-profit
membership organization created to develop and implement a
national strategy for healthcare quality measurement and
reporting. The mission of the NQF is to improve American
healthcare through endorsement of consensus-based national
standards for measurement and public reporting of healthcare
performance data that provide meaningful information about
whether care is safe, timely, beneficial, patient-centered,
equitable and efficient.

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National
Rural Health Association (NRHA)


A national nonprofit membership organization with more
than 10,000 members that provides leadership on rural health
issues. The association’s mission is to improve the health
and wellbeing of rural Americans and to provide leadership
on rural health issues through advocacy, communications,
education, research and leadership.

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New England
Healthcare Institute (NEHI)


A non-profit, applied research
health policy organization focused on enabling innovation in
health care.

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New Jersey
Health Care Quality Institute


Dedicated to providing New
Jersey health care quality expectations and quality
information.

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New Jersey Hospital Association
(NJHA)


The premier advocate of New Jersey hospitals and their
systems.

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New Jersey Primary Care Association
(NJPCA) and New Jersey State Office of Rural Health (NJSORH)


NJPCA is a non-profit corporation that represents the
organizational providers and affiliates of community-based
ambulatory health care statewide. NJSORH is the first entity
established solely for the purpose of coordinating and
providing a clearinghouse function for rural health care
within the "Garden State".

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NHS Connecting for Health


An agency of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom
(UK). Its primary role is to deliver new, integrated IT
systems and services to help modernize the NHS (National
Health Service) and ensure care is centered around the
patient. The new computer systems and services will connect
over 100,000 doctors, 380,000 nurses and 50,000 other health
professionals.

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NJSHORE

The New Jersey Strategic HIPAA/Healthcare Organization &
Regional Effort (NJSHORE) was originally established to meet
the immediate need of statewide HIPAA Administrative
Simplification implementation readiness. NJSHORE has brought
about statewide coordination for successful compliance with
HIPAA, NJ HINT, and applicable Federal and State healthcare
laws and regulations. Since its inception, the scope of
NJSHORE has been broadened to address emerging issues
related to Healthcare Information Technology such as
Electronic Health Records (EHR), National Provider
Identifier (NPI), Regional Health Information Organizations
(RHIO), and the National Health Information Network.

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North
Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance
(NCHICA)


A nonprofit consortium of over
250 organizations dedicated to improving healthcare by
accelerating the adoption of information technology. NCHICA
members include: hospitals and clinics; medical practices;
professional societies and nonprofit associations; national,
state and local health agencies; health plans; law firms;
healthcare and IT consulting firms/vendors; health education
and training providers; and pharmaceutical and research
organizations.

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Office
for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT)


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
established the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
(OAT) to serve as a leader in telehealth, a focal point for
HRSA’s telehealth activities and as a catalyst for the wider
adoption of advanced technologies in the provision of health
care services and education.

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Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Technology 
(ONC)


Office of the National
Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) provides
counsel to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)
and Departmental leadership for the development and
nationwide implementation of an interoperable health
information technology infrastructure. Use of this
infrastructure will improve the quality, safety and
efficiency of health care and the ability of consumers to
manage their health information and health care. The ONC
also provides management of and logistical support for the
American Health Information Community (AHIC).

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OpenClinical


A non-profit organization
created and maintained as a public service with support from
Cancer Research UK under the overall supervision of an
international technical advisory board. The web site is
aimed in particular at healthcare professionals and
managers, medical informaticians and computer scientists and
industry. It is designed to be a "one-stop shop" for anyone
interested in learning about and tracking developments on
advanced knowledge management technologies for healthcare
such as point-of-care decision support systems,
"intelligent" guidelines and clinical workflow.

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openEHR
Foundation


A non-profit organization
bringing together an international community of people
working towards the realization of clinically comprehensive,
ethico-legally sound and interoperable electronic health
records to support seamless and high quality patient care.

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Park Nicollet Institute


Engages in research, education
and innovation to improve quality and public and private
decision-making in health and health care.

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Partners Telemedicine


Connects health care providers
and patients around the world, thereby enabling
geographically dispersed individuals access to the knowledge
and resources of Partners’ physicians.

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Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative


A coalition of major employers,
consumer groups, and other stakeholders who have joined with
organizations representing primary care physicians to
develop and advance the patient centered medical home. The
Collaborative believes that, if implemented, the patient
centered medical home will improve the health of patients
and the viability of the health care delivery system. In
order to accomplish this goal, employers, consumers,
patients, physicians and payers have agreed that it is
essential to support a better model of compensating
physicians.

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Patient
Safety Institute


A non-profit membership organization governed by leading
consumer, physician and hospital advocates. Works to ensure
patients receive care from a healthcare provider who has
access (with permission) to their Personal Health Record
(regardless of the source). 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.

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Pennsylvania
eHealth Initiative (PAeHI)


Created to encourage the development and use of
electronic medical records (EMR) in Pennsylvania along with
health information exchanges (HIE), which will ultimately
tie into a national system allowing patients and health care
providers to securely access medical records regionally and
throughout the country. The initiative is working with
providers, health insurers, businesses, and government to
inform health care stakeholders and all Pennsylvanians of
the benefits of utilizing electronic health records;
interconnect all health care stakeholders to make health
information available; address legal and policy issues which
could impede the development of HIEs; enable secure,
confidential access to health information; and enable
patient access and control of their health information.

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Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalition (PEHRC)


Will assist physicians,
particularly those in small- and medium-size ambulatory care
medical practice, to acquire and use affordable,
standards-based electronic health records and other health
information technology to improve quality, enhance patient
safety and increase efficiency.

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Physicians’ Foundations


Established in 2004 as part of a settlement in an
antiracketeering class action lawsuit between physicians,
medical societies, and Aetna, Inc. Physicians’ Foundation
for Health Systems Excellence (PFHSE) provides grants to
nonprofit organizations for practice-based, innovative
projects that provide physician education or address quality
of care or patient safety issues. Physicians’ Foundation for
Health Systems Innovations (PFHSI) supports high quality
health care with particular emphasis on initiatives that
assist physicians to improve and enhance the quality of care
received by patients and disadvantaged members of the
public.

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Premier


An alliance of not-for-profit
hospitals and healthcare systems, Premier helps healthcare
organizations achieve high levels of clinical quality and
financial performance. Premier members share knowledge and
needs to create powerful solutions to everyday challenges.

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Professional Association of Health Care Office Management
(PAHCOM) – Specializing in Physician Practice Management


Founded in January 1988 for the explicit purpose of
providing a support system to the managers of group and solo
physician practices. Effort was focused on opening the
communication links of such practices with each other as
well as other health care providers such as hospitals,
medical associations, medical societies, vendors and so
forth. The association combines academia, technical experts,
and the wealth of practical knowledge of its members to
provide a comprehensive system of support.

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Project HealthDesign: Rethinking the Power and Potential of
Personal Health Records


Funded by the

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
(RWJF), with additional
support from the

California HealthCare Foundation
, Project
HealthDesign
is a $4.4 million national program
designed to support health and information technology
pioneers to create a new generation of personal health
record (PHR) systems.

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QualityHealthCare.org


A global knowledge environment
created to help health care professionals around the world
accelerate their progress toward unprecedented levels of
performance and improvement.

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Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Listings


Directory listing of Quality Improvement Organizations
(QIOs). Under the direction of Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS), the QIO program consists of a
national network of fifty-three QIOs responsible for each
U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia. QIOs
work with consumers, physicians, hospitals, and other
caregivers to refine care delivery systems to make sure
patients get the right care at the right time, particularly
among underserved populations.

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Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation


The largest philanthropy in the United States devoted
exclusively to improving the health and health care of all
Americans. Works with a diverse group of organizations and
individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive,
meaningful and timely change.


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SNOMED
International


A division of the College of American Pathologists (CAP),
where advancing excellence in patient care is focused on
through the delivery of SNOMED® (the Systematized
Nomenclature of Medicine) and terminology and implementation
support products and services. The delivery of a dynamic and
sustainable, scientifically validated terminology and
infrastructure enables clinicians, researchers and patients
to share health care knowledge worldwide, across clinical
specialties and sites of care.

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Society for
Health Systems (SHS)


A society of the Institute of
Industrial Engineers (IIE), a professional association which
serves the professional needs of industrial engineers on an
international level. SHS itself is an individual membership
organization that exists to enhance the career development
and continuing education of professionals who use industrial
and management engineering expertise for productivity and
quality improvement in the healthcare industry.

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Society for
Healthcare Strategy and Market Development


An organization for healthcare
professionals responsible for strategy development and
implementation in a wide array of healthcare organizations.
The Society is affiliated with the American Hospital
Association.

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Society for the Internet in Medicine (SIM)


Promotes research and the
education of the public and medical communities in the
application of Internet and related technologies in the
fields of medical science, healthcare practice and
healthcare management.

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Society
of Hospital Medicine (SHM)


Medical society dedicated to
representing Hospitalists – physicians whose primary
professional focus is the general medical care of
hospitalized patients. Hospitalists’ activities include
patient care, teaching, research, and leadership related to
hospital care. The organization was developed specifically
to support and enhance the practice of Hospitalists and the
patients that they serve.

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South Florida Health Information Initiative (SFHII)


The mission of SFHII is to create and maintain a
community collaborative that involves multiple partners in
the development of an economically sustainable community
health information exchange that improves healthcare
efficiency and quality; enhances patient safety and care;
and meets the needs of patients, providers, payors, and
policymakers in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties.

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State Alliance for e-Health


An initiative, of the National
Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices,
designed to improve the nation’s health care system through
the formation of a collaborative body that enables states to
increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the health
information technology (HIT) initiatives they develop.

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Sun Solutions for Healthcare: Information, Networking,
Education (SunSHINE)


A forum created, by joining
together Sun Microsystems and the Healthcare Information and
Management Systems Society (HIMSS) under the HIMSS Users
Group Alliance Program, to promote choice and innovation in
Information Technology for healthcare. It’s a radiant
network of professionals committed to looking beyond the
obvious for the best solutions to today’s pressing
healthcare issues.

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The American Academy of Medical Management


An association devoted to the needs of their members for
education, credentials and career development. Their members
include executives, physicians, administrators and managers
from a broad array of healthcare organizations and a variety
of medical settings including medical practices, health
systems, MSOs, hospitals, and networks.

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The
Certification Commission for Healthcare Information
Technology (CCHIT)


A voluntary, Private-Sector
initiative whose mission
is to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable
Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) throughout the US
healthcare system, by creating an efficient, credible,
sustainable mechanism for the certification of HIT products.


Click here for the CCHIT Fact Sheet

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The
Commonwealth Fund


A private foundation that
supports independent research on health and social issues
and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy.

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The
Institute for Technology in Medical Education (ITMED)


A non-profit education and research foundation formed to
discover, develop, manage and share information, projects
and resources relating to the role and impact of technology
in the professional development and performance of
physicians and other health professionals.

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The IPA
Association of America (TIPAAA)


A trade association serving Independent/Integrated
Physician Associations (IPAs). Founded in 1994 in Oakland,
California, TIPAAA provides a wide range of products,
services, and educational programs designed to help IPAs
operate effectively and successfully in managed care.

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The
Leapfrog Group


Composed of more than 145
public and private organizations that provide health care
benefits, The Leapfrog Group works with medical experts
throughout the U.S. to identify problems and propose
solutions that it believes will improve hospital systems
that could break down and harm patients. Representing
approximately 34 million health care consumers in all 50
states, Leapfrog provides important information and
solutions for consumers and health care providers. The
Leapfrog Group focuses on the quality of certain aspects of
care relevant to urban area hospitals.

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The Michigan Electronic Medical
Record Initiative (MEMRI)


A not-for-profit Michigan
corporation supported by physicians, technologists, state
and global technology corporations, healthcare
organizations, and statewide economic and technological
development initiatives. MEMRI envisions a system in which
Michigan residents have their own private, secure, and
complete electronic medical record (EMR), cutting at least
$350 million a year from Michigan’s healthcare costs while
dramatically enhancing the quality of care.

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The
Misys Center for Community Health Leadership



Founded in 2006 out of a need for action and a sense of
urgency among communities for high quality, coordinated
healthcare. The Center is dedicated to transforming
community connectivity from a high-level concept into
practical application. Through a $10 million software grant
from

Misys Healthcare Systems
and support from

Center Partners
, each year the Center identifies a
select number of communities and works with its partners to
create connectivity and interoperability between hospitals,
physician offices, home care agencies and patients. This
communication allows for coordinated and higher quality care
and decreased costs across the healthcare continuum.

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UMDNJ’s (University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) Division of General
Medicine
EMR
Reference


Site created for UMDNJ staff and
students to stimulate thought.

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Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center (UMRHRC)


A partnership that brings together two centers with
extensive experience in rural health research and
dissemination: the University of Minnesota Rural Health
Research Center and the University of North Dakota Center
for Rural Health. The two centers are combining their
expertise to undertake national projects focusing on quality
of rural health care and other important rural health
issues.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS)


Official website for the
United States Department of Health and Human Services, based
in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA)


Official website for the United
States Food and Drug Administration.

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Utilization
Review Accreditation Commission (URAC)


An independent, nonprofit
organization committed to promoting health care quality
through accreditation, certification and other quality
improvement activities.

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Vanderbilt Center for Better Health (VCBH)


VCBH is designed to achieve
transformational

change in the healthcare system by focusing on the use of
information technology to enable improvements in the
delivery of care.

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VHA


A member-owned and
member-driven health care cooperative of not-for-profit
hospitals, health systems and their affiliates, that helps
its members become the local provider of choice by
developing products and services that improve their clinical
and operational performance.

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Washington Health Information Collaborative


A public-private partnership providing funding for a
variety of projects related to the acquisition,
implementation and expansion of health information
technology by health care providers. The Collaborative is
funded by contributions from First Choice Health and the
Washington State Health Care Authority. Also participating
are Qualis Health and the Puget Sound Health Alliance.

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Workgroup for
Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)


Provides leadership and guidance to the healthcare industry
on how to use and leverage the industry’s collective
knowledge, expertise and information resources to improve
the quality of healthcare through effective and efficient
information exchange and management.

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Western EHR Regional Collaborative (WERC)


A collaboration, created to
accelerate delivery of the Electronic Health Record (EHR)
within the member regions, that provides comprehensive
health services to 4.5 million people, and tertiary health
services to over 9 million people (30% of the Canadian
population).

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Wisconsin
Patient Safety Institute (WPSI)


Exists to enhance and promote
patient safety by advocating the adoption of safe practices
in health care organizations throughout Wisconsin.

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WorldVistA


A charitable organization, a nonprofit public-benefit
corporation, that incorporated to measurably improve health
worldwide by making medical software better and more
accessible.. WorldVistA develops and supports the global
VistA community.

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