D. Find Support
The following organizations provide a range of resources describing best practices to consider when developing information sharing technology solutions:
Health Information Technology
- HealthIT.gov This website, a product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a helpful resource for providers, policymakers, and consumers to understand the various facets of health information technology and its role in the evolving healthcare system. It includes toolkits, webinars, fact sheets, and important information about HIT initiatives under the Affordable Care Act.
- Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) provides technical assistance to local and state governments looking for policy and technical solutions to enhance connectivity between local jails and community health systems.
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation is a membership organization of health information management professionals with extensive expertise in health information technology. AHIMAs online research journal Perspectives in Health Information Management includes articles on designing and managing information sharing between healthcare providers.
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a membership organization that offers helpful educational resources on important topics related to adoption of health information technology.
Financial Resources for EHRs in Jails and Prisons: the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program: Under the HI-TECH Act, healthcare providers working in jails and prisons are now eligible for financial incentives to support adopting, implementing, and updating EHRs if: at least 30 percent of the patients they serve are enrolled in Medicaid and the EHR vendor selected is certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Justice Information Sharing
- The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the U.S. Department of Justice BJA is a federal agency supporting the advancement of information sharing between justice and health systems. BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) is a federal resource state and local government agencies can contact for a range of technical assistance services, including mapping out and implementing information sharing strategies and technical solutions.
- Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS) is a prominent membership organization with extensive expertise in advising and developing technology solutions to facilitate information sharing between government agencies as well as the private sector. Through technical assistance, IJIS has hands-on experience helping jurisdictions apply the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to facilitate justice-health data sharing.