What We Do

CRISP’s main goal is to deliver the right health information to the right place at the right time to enable safe, timely, effective, equitable, and patient-centered care. CRISP is committed to ensuring that District partners are securely sharing data to facilitate better patient care, reduce costs, and improve overall health outcomes. Click here to learn more about our products, projects and initiatives.


A Health Information Exchange, or HIE, is a way of sharing health information among participating doctors’ offices, hospitals, care coordinators, labs, radiology centers, community-based organizations, managed care organizations and other healthcare providers through secure, electronic means.

There are many health care delivery scenarios driving the technology behind the different forms of health information exchange available today. The purpose is so that each participating healthcare provider can have the benefit of the most recent information available from other participating providers.

CRISP Shared Services Affiliation

CRISP DC is an affiliate of CRISP Shared Services. The CSS affiliation structure allows for the sharing of technology, costs, and best practices amongst the participating regions. The advantages of being an affiliate in CRISP Shared Services is that the District is able to obtain HIE infrastructure and innovative technology at lower costs while operating as an independent District governed entity.

Other CRISP Shared Services affiliates include CRISP Maryland, West Virginia Health Information Network, HealtheConnect Alaska, and Virginia Health Information.

Mission – Vision

Our Mission

We will enable, support and promote whole-person care in the District of Columbia and the region by appropriately and securely sharing data to facilitate efficient care and improve health outcomes.

Our Vision

To advance health with a commitment to equity by deploying health information technology solutions adopted through cooperation and collaboration with District stakeholders.

District Governance and Designation Through the DC HIE

The DC HIE is a system of HIE entities that meet common privacy and security standards to support the secure electronic exchange of health information. HIE entities participating in the DC HIE will attest to meeting certain privacy, security, use, and access requirements.

DHCF designated CRISP DC to serve as the District’s HIE to provide core exchange services to the healthcare system across Washington, DC. The DC HIE is guided by the DC HIE Policy Board, an advisory body, appointed by the Mayor, that provides recommendations to DHCF.

In 2012, the Mayor of the District of Columbia established the HIE Policy Board to provide recommendations on the secure and protected exchange of health information in the District. The District’s HIE efforts are guided by this twenty-two (22) member volunteer Board that includes representatives from District-based provider associations, hospitals, health systems, payers, providers, Medicaid beneficiaries, information technologists, and District of Columbia Government agencies.

The District’s “HIE Rule” (Chapter 87, District of Columbia Health Information Exchange, of Title 29, DCMR) authorizes DHCF to oversee and administer the DC HIE. The DC HIE is a marketplace of District Registered and Designated HIE entities that work together to ensure health information exchange is private, secure, and effective.

Community Partners

The mission of the Department of Health Care Finance is to improve health outcomes by providing access to comprehensive, cost-effective and quality healthcare services for residents of the District of Columbia.

Board of Directors

Karen M. Dale, R.N., MSN (Chair)

Market President and Chief DEI Officer, AmeriHealth Caritas DC

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Ayanna Bennett MD, MSPH, FAAP

Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health

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Don Blanchon

Chief Executive Officer
Wasque Advisors

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Jacqueline D. Bowens

President and Chief Executive Officer
DC Hospital Association

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Tollie B. Elliott, Sr., MD

Chief Executive Officer
Mary’s Center

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Laura Hendricks, D.N.P., N.E.A.-B.C., R.N.-B.C., C.P.H.Q.

Vice President Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
Sibley Memorial Hospital

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Patricia Morehead

Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis
MedStar Health System

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Ira Rabin, MD

Vice President, Medical Operations and Clinical Resource Management
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

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Bruno Petinaux, MD

Chief Medical Officer
George Washington University Hospital

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Craig Behm

Chief Executive Officer
CRISP and CRISP Shared Services (Ex-Officio)

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Stephanie Brown
Executive Director
Nichole Sweeney
Chief Privacy Officer
Ronald Emeni
Program Manager
Aida Semere
Products and Grants Manager
Joi Perry
Outreach Manager
Corey Main
Account Manager
Ashley Braswell
Provider Relations Coordinator
Jamie Gittelman
Financial and Operations Analyst
Abby Lutz
Program Coordinator
Francesca Charles
Reporting & Analytics Coordinator
Priya Byati
Program Coordinator
Uche Anaeto
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