Wednesday, January 23, 2008

HHS Awards Grant Funding

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced that LMI Consulting of McLean, Virginia, and Brookings Institution will receive grant funding to establish the successor to the American Health Information Community (AHIC). The LMI-Brookings team is expected to fully establish AHIC 2.0 by December 2008.

Together the team will develop a two stage collaborative process to include all key stakeholders. Phase one will focus on stakeholder outreach along with the design and development of governing documents for AHIC 2.0. This phase is expected to take approximately four months with $2 million allocated for this stage. Upon completion of phase one, phase two will be funded with $3 million to fully establish AHIC 2.0. Additional funding may be allocated to support operations of the AHIC 2.0 once it is ongoing.

Secretary Leavitt said, “By securing a successor to the AHIC in the private sector while still maintaining broad public-private collaboration, we will help to ensure that the health IT standards process is truly self-sustaining.”