HHS begins privatization of AHIC

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $5 million in grants to establish a public-private partnership as a successor to the American Health Information Community (AHIC).

LMI Consulting, a McLean, Va.-based consulting firm, and the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based policy institute, will lead the initiative.

The AHIC, created and chaired by HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, advises the department on how to advance healthcare IT, including creation of a national health information network.

Leavitt has named the privatized organization AHIC 2.0. He has said that AHIC 2.0 will get financial support from the federal government, as well as other stakeholders.

The LMI-Brookings team has until December 2008 to have AHIC 2.0 fully established.