The Public Health Data Standards Consortium (referred to as PHDSC or the Consortium) is an independent agency that focuses on improvements in health information technology (HIT) for both the health care industry and the public health market.
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Founded in 1998, the Consortium became a nonprofit organization in 2003. Although the Consortium is not accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), it supports the standards development efforts of organizations such as Health Level 7 (HL7), the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP). To that end, the Consortium supports the vision of the Department of Health & Human Services to build a Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NHIN) to better enable the spread of health information exchange (HIE).
In addition, the Consortium has produced the ANSI X12N 837 Health Care Service Data Reporting Guide, which helps standardize the methods of reporting health care service data and consent forms to local, state and federal agencies. The guide is compatible with the 837 Health Claim transaction set standards defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).