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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission is an independent federal agency responsible directly to Congress. Established by the Communications Act of l934, it is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Its jurisdiction covers the 50 states and territories, the District of Columbia and U.S. possessions.

Review Date: August 28, 2008

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National Institute of Standards and Technology - NIST
U.S. Department of Commerce

An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. NIST carries out its mission in three cooperative programs: the NIST Laboratories, conducting research that advances the nation's technology infrastructure; the Baldrige National Quality Program, which promotes performance excellence among U.S. manufacturers, service companies, educational institutions, and health care providers; and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide network of local centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services. The office is part of the Office of Rural Health Policy, located within Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA’s mission is to assure quality health care for underserved, vulnerable, and special needs populations.

Review Date: August 24, 2011

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American Health Information Management Association

With more than 54,000 members, AHIMA is the leading organization in health information management. AHIMA has been representing and certifying medical record professionals since 1928. Our expertise includes patient medical records, computer-based patient records, clinical data management, and confidentiality of health information. In addition, AHIMA's Washington office specializes in healthcare reform and associated legislative issues. Chapters are located in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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Described and Captioned Media Program

The mission of the DCMP is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media. The ultimate goal of the DCMP is for accessible media to be an integral tool in the teaching and learning process for all stakeholders in the educational community, including students, educators and other school personnel, parents, service providers, businesses, and agencies. The DCMP supports the U.S. Department of Education Strategic Plan by committing to the following goals: 1) Ensuring that all students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind have the opportunity to achieve the standards of academic excellence. 2) Advocating for equal access to educational media as well as the establishment and maintenance of quality standards for captioning and description by service providers. 3) Providing a collection of free-loan described and captioned educational media. 4) Furnishing a clearinghouse of information and research about accessible media. 5) Acting as a gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility. 6) Exploring and adapting new media and technologies that assist students in obtaining and using available information. The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by the National Association of the Deaf.

Review Date: December 09, 2009

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National Association of Health Data Organizations

The National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) is a national non-profit membership and educational association dedicated to improving health care data collection and use. NAHDO’s members include state and private health data organizations that maintain statewide health care databases and stakeholders of these databases. NAHDO is a cofounder and member of the All Payer Claims Database (APCD) Council, which provides leadership and technical assistance to states implementing APCDs.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology - NICHSR

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) works closely with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to improve the dissemination of the results of health services research, with special emphasis on the growing body of evidence reports and technology assessments which provide organizations with comprehensive, science-based information on common, costly medical conditions and new health care technologies. NICHSR coordinates the development of information products and services related to health services research.

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Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. Located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), ONC is the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

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