American Health Information Community

The AHIC is a federal advisory body, chartered in 2005 to make recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on how to accelerate the development and adoption of health information technology. It was formed to help achieve President Bush's goal for most Americans to have access to secure electronic health records by 2014.


At the end of 2006, the AHIC attempted to enable advancement in eight areas:
  • Consumer Empowerment - Make available a consumer-directed and secure electronic record of health care registration information and a medication history for patients.
  • Chronic Care - Allow the widespread use of secure messaging, as appropriate, as a means of communication between doctors and patients about care delivery.
  • Biosurveillance - Enable the transfer of standardized and anonymized health data from the point of health care delivery to authorized public health agencies within 24 hours of its collection.
  • Electronic Health Records - Create an electronic health record that includes laboratory results and interpretations, that is standardized, widely available and secure[1]
  • Biosurveillance Data Steering Group - A sub-workgroup within the Biosurveillance Workgroup (renamed Population Health and Clinical Care Connections Workgroup)
  • Confidentiality, Privacy & Security Workgroup - Created as a cross-cutting workgroup responsible for an issue relevant to all the workgroups. M
  • Quality Workgroup - Address the need for the development of quality measures
  • Personalized Healthcare Workgroup - Formed to develop and make recommendations on standards for interoperable integration of genomic test information into personal e-health records.
Workgroup meetings were open to the public and could be heard over the internet.[2]

- http://www.hhs.gov/healthit/community/background/
- http://www.hhs.gov/healthit/community/breakthroughs/
- http://www.hhs.gov/healthit/ahic/