Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration 2006 Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration 2006 You are required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads, identifying at least 1 strength and 1 weakness in each classmate’s reasoning. Each reply must be at least 450 words. Each thread and reply must include at least 1 biblical integration and 2 peer-reviewed source citations in current APA format in addition to the textbooks. Case Study 3 COLLAPSE Case Study 3- Joy Stafford In 2006 the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC) was launched out of a project collaboration with the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ) and the office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) (Nelson & Staggers, 2018). This three year and three-phase project incorporated 42 states and territories in the United States to assist in detecting problems and finding solutions for privacy and security within the health information exchange (Dimirck, 2009). By enlisting multiple states and regions, this provided an opportunity for an overall view of the varying practices, policies, and laws that were surrounding the privacy and security of patient information. This collaboration among states gave way to identify best practices and decrease the number of variations in policy and procedures among states (and gave direction on how to establish best practices in order to decrease variations across states (Rizk & Knops, 2010). In the third phase of the project, regional collaboration began by breaking up state groups into focus areas to work through some of the previously discovered barriers and issues (Dimick, 2009). Tennessee joined in this collaboration process with Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Wyoming. With the large increase in EHR usage and national push toward meaningful use for all states, overcoming fears surrounding the privacy and security factors was imperative to the process of acceptance and adoption. Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration 2006 Tennessee, along with the other states in the collaboration group, were designated to work together in order to provide education and engagement with one of the largest stakeholders, the providers (Rizk & Knops, 2010). It was found in the previous phases of the project that many providers misunderstood many of the capabilities and benefits surrounding the utilization of EHR and voiced much concern over the security of patient information (Dimitropoulos & Rizk, 2009). Tennessee, along with the other collaborative states, helped create educational tools promoting health IT and HIE alongside privacy and security requirements to help increase trust in the overall system and enhanced understanding of EHR advantages (Dimick, 2009). One of the major benefits of this regional group effort in producing and testing out education materials was the end product of a consistent training program that could be utilized across the country to encourage the rest of the states toward increased EHR implementation (Dimitropoulos & Rizk, 2009). Nelson & Staggers (2018) mentions another benefit of the HISPC collaboration was to help decrease the variations in policies and laws surrounding health IT privacy and security across all the states and territories, therefore, helping to create a model for a more well-received national system in the future (Nelson & Staggers, 2018). Ultimately, the HISPC helped to provide a framework to increase coherence in state privacy laws, educational tools for both consumers and providers as well as a strategic vision for engagement across both stakeholder groups, a list of recommendations for security requirements, and gave direction for multi-organizational agreements (Nelson & Staggers, 2018). Great progress has been made over the years due to these state collaborations, and usage of EHR has grown tremendously throughout the health care delivery system. Psalm 133:1 states, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (English Standard Version Bible, 2001). With the hope that one day there will be a fully integrated HIE allowing patient health records to be accessible across the country, there must be common practice and unity regarding how privacy and security are handled across the states. Efforts put forth like the HISPC have enhanced the relationship efforts regionally and helped to provide unity when it comes to training and recommendations. While there are more steps to be made to get the United States to a place of being fully united as a country surrounding the EHR and HIE privacy and security issues, we are further along due to the regional state collaborations. Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration 2006 References Dimick, C. (2009). Complicated game. HISPC privacy and security collaborative hands off three years of work. Journal of AHIMA, 80(5), 20-28. Dimitropoulos, L., & Rizk, S. (2009). A state-based approach to privacy and security for interoperable health information exchange. Health Affairs, 28(2), 428-434. http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.liberty.edu/10.1377/hlthaff English Standard Version Bible. (2001). ESV Online. https://esv.literalword.com/ Nelson, R.& Staggers, N. (2018). Health informatics: An interprofessional approach. 2nd Edition. Elservier Inc. St. Louis, Missouri Rizk, S., & Knops, N. (2010). The Effectiveness of Consumer and Provider Education and Outreach: A Content Analysis.