NHIN & HIE Community News

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Aurion Project is Off and Running

Patty Enrado | Government Health IT | April 28, 2011

The Aurion Project, an evolution of the Federal Health Architecture’s CONNECT open-source project focused on achieving health IT interoperability using nationally recognized standards, is off to an ambitious start. The Aurion Project is chartered by the Alembic Foundation.

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Direct Project

The Direct Project develops specifications for a secure, scalable, standards-based way to establish universal health addressing and transport for participants (e.g. providers, laboratories, hospitals, pharmacies, patients) to send encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet. Read More »

Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange

Released in May 2013, the "Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange (HIE)" is intended to serve as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) guiding principles on HIE governance. Read More »

HIE interoperability 'a great hurdle with little relief in sight'

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | November 8, 2013

“Despite the incorporation of new meaningful use policies, it is clear that interoperability issues are still stifling organizations’ ability to connect,” the Washington-based eHealth Initiative wrote in its 10th annual HIE survey. “The survey results reveal that interoperability remains a great hurdle with little relief in sight.” Read More »

HIEs Struggle with Sustainability

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | July 11, 2013

More providers than ever are participating in health information exchanges, at the same time that a majority of HIE organizations are struggling to find sustainable business models, a new study has found. Read More »

National Health Information Network (NHIN)

The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) is being developed to provide a secure, nationwide, interoperable health information infrastructure that will connect providers, consumers, and others involved in supporting health and healthcare. This critical part of the national health IT agenda will enable health information to follow the consumer, be available for clinical decision making, and support appropriate use of healthcare information beyond direct patient care so as to improve health. Read More »

New Public-Private Community Aims to Help Build NHIN

Ken Terry | Fierce Health IT | May 2, 2011

This week, Alembic's Aurion Project will release the latest version of the CONNECT application, Aurion 4.0, and participants in the Aurion community will finalize a charter and a governance structure. In the long run, this project may have a considerable impact on the development of the NHIN.

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NHIN Watch Twitter Site

Visit the NHIN Watch social media Twitter site to hear about breaking news and events about the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).  This national network of networks is being developed to provide a secure, nationwide, interoperable health information infrastructure that will connect providers, consumers, and others across the U.S. Read More »

ONC Releases "Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange"

The recently released "Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange" by the  Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) provides guiding principles on health information exchange (HIE) governance. The framework was developed as an alternative to the abandoned pursuit by ONC of a more formal, centralized governance structure for the U.S. Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). Read More »

Open Source HIE Software Upgraded

Press Release | Alembic Foundation | May 4, 2011

The Alembic Foundation, recently created to improve the federally funded CONNECT health information exchange software and release it to the open market, has completed its first major upgrade, now available for download. Multiple bugs have been fixed and additional functionality added in a new version, called Aurion 4.0.

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Running NwHIN ought to be a public-private partnership

Diana Manos | Healthcare IT News | June 27, 2012

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) believes a private-public partnership would be better to run the future Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), rather than a federal body alone. Read More »

State-wide Health Information Exchange (HIE) Implementation Activities

Stay abreast of the latest status of the State Health Information Exchanges (SHIE) Program, as reported on the Office  of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) web site. They have posted the figures on the implementation of state-wide health information exchanges (HIE) – for both directed exchange and query-based exchange. You can also find out more about HIE solutions at the upcoming "2013 Health Data Exchange & Interoperability Summit" being held October 30-31, 2013, in Washington D.C. Read More »

The Status of Health Information Exchange (HIE) Networks in the U.S.

Read about the latest status of HIE networks in the U.S., especially at the local level. The "2012 Report on Health Information Exchange" analyzes the latest results from the Annual Survey of Health Information Exchange (HIE) conducted by the eHealth Initiative (eHI) organization. It provides an overview of how HIE networks are supporting healthcare reform at a local, regional, and national level. Read More »

Western States Consortium (WSC) Pilot of Direct Connect between California & Oregon

John Rancourt | HealthIT Buzz | September 6, 2013

Health care providers in California and Oregon are now querying each others’ provider directories and sending interstate Direct messages as a result of the Western States Consortium project. Read More »

What's in a name - NHIN, NwHIN, HealtheWay, eHealth Exchange...

Brian Ahier | iHealthBeat | November 26, 2012

The Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange (now called the eHealth Exchange) has successfully transitioned to an independently sustainable public-private partnership. This new organization, called HealtheWay, includes four federal agencies -- CMS, the Department of Defense, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs -- as well as at least 21 non-federal entities that all share patient records for episodes of care. Read More »