The Workplace of the Nationwide Coordinator for Well being Info Expertise has elevated the variety of designated Certified Well being Info Community (QHIN) organizations to seven with the addition of CommonWell Well being Alliance and Kno2.
Each organizations had been introduced as candidate QHINs final February to implement TEFCA, which was envisioned by the twenty first Century Cures Act to help nationwide interoperability, however they weren’t formally designated till now.
The opposite organizations formally designated as QHINs after efficiently finishing the TEFCA onboarding course of are:
• eHealth Alternate
• Epic Nexus
• Well being Gorilla
TEFCA turned operational in December 2023. The Widespread Settlement, launched in September 2021, contains six alternate functions that organizations should help to be designated as a QHIN. The alternate functions embody Therapy, Cost, Well being Care Operations, Public Well being, Advantages Dedication, and Particular person Entry Companies.
ONC stated that CommonWell Well being Alliance and Kno2 can instantly start supporting the alternate of knowledge beneath the Widespread Settlement’s insurance policies and technical necessities together with the opposite designated QHINs.
“These further QHINs increase TEFCA’s attain and supply further connectivity selections for sufferers, healthcare suppliers, hospitals, public well being businesses, well being insurers, and different approved healthcare professionals,” stated Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., nationwide coordinator for well being info expertise, in an announcement. “On behalf of ONC, I need to congratulate CommonWell Well being Alliance and Kno2 for his or her achievement.”
“This designation is a pure extension of our mission and progress to this point.” stated CommonWell Well being Alliance Government Director Paul Wilder, in an announcement. “We’re honored to hitch as a QHIN—together with many members and business companions—to strengthen our dedication to enhancing well being information sharing and contribute to the conclusion of the TEFCA. I’m grateful for all who helped us get up to now—our founding members—who had the foresight to launch CommonWell in 2013, our present members, the ONC, the Acknowledged Coordinating Entity and the opposite QHINs.”
CommonWell famous that it continues to develop. In September of 2023 it introduced a brand new Technical Service Supplier, ELLKAY, and structure for a brand new community platform. It welcomed new members Innsena, ModuleMD and RedCapCloud in January—two of which plan to onboard on to the brand new CommonWell platform. Two further new Service Adopters—together with Invaryant and Solace—are scheduled to onboard on to the brand new platform. Signature Efficiency joins as certainly one of CommonWell’s latest Normal Members with plans to turn into a Service Adopter by the tip of 2024.
The TEFCA Widespread Settlement Model 2.0, which is anticipated to incorporate enhancements and updates to require help for FHIR-based transactions, is beneath improvement and scheduled to be adopted by QHINs inside the first quarter of 2024.