Public-private group, eHealth Exchange, to oversee development of health info network

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is passing management of the Nationwide Health Information Network to a coalition of public and private health care organizations.

Via Modern Healthcare:

Following last month’s announcement that “now is not the time” for formal regulation of a proposed network of health information exchanges, HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said it is transitioning control of that network—known as the Nationwide Health Information Network—to a public-private partnership known as the eHealth Exchange.

According to an e-mailed news release, eHealth Exchange “represents ONC’s commitment to support health information exchange innovation in the private sector.” The partnership’s operations will besupported by Healtheway (PDF), a Richmond, Va.-based not-for-profit organization also founded as a public-private partnership.

These operations include conformance and interoperability testing, on-boarding of new participants in eHealth Exchange, and maintenance of operating policies and procedures, the service registry and digital certificates, according to the release.

In addition, the Chicago-based Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will participate in the effort’s compliance testing and will certify that interfaces between exchanges are “consistent across multiple states and systems,” according to a CCHIT news release.

More details will be announced at the New York eHealth Collaborative’s Digital Health Conference, scheduled for Oct. 15-16 in New York, the release stated.

By Andis Robeznieks

ONC moves control of health info network to public-private group,” Modern Healthcare (October 11, 2012)

 

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