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Nationwide Health Data Exchange

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Terminology and Processes for Nationwide Health Data Exchange

The Health and Human Services Department is collaborating with the Justice Department on a terminology and process for nationwide health data exchange. In a related announcement, ONC has issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) [PDF – 247 KB] that specifies the Secretary’s adoption of an initial set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for electronic health record (EHR) technology.

On March 2nd, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) outlining the proposed approach for establishing a certification program to test and certify electronic health records (EHRs). The HITECH Act mandates the development of a certification program which will give purchasers and users of EHR technology assurances that the technology and products have the necessary functionality and security to help meet meaningful use criteria. Dr. David Blumenthal stated “while we are making significant strides toward modernizing our health care system, these efforts will only succeed if providers and patients are confident that their health information systems are safe and functional.”

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is responsible for putting forward a vision for nationwide, interoperable health IT. Last week, the ONC posted a draft of the HIT Policy Committee Strategic Plan Workgroup’s Health IT Strategic Framework for public review. Comments can be provided via the FACA Blog and via a public listening session, scheduled for April 6, 2010. Registration is required and complete details are available at http://healthit.hhs.gov/StrategicPlanWG.

Meanwhile throughout the country, the VA is seeking proposals to establish health information exchanges, such as the one with the VA in Utah. This is the Notice of Intent. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs intends to acquire services to initiate a Health Information Exchange (HIE) pilot in rural Utah. Currently there is only one firm, Utah Health Information Network (UHIN), which contains the necessary membership of healthcare practitioners in Utah that is vital to the development of the HIE, as well as the authorization from the State of Utah to act as the duly appointed statewide HIE for this project.

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