The Workplace of the Nationwide Coordinator for Well being Data Know-how has elevated the variety of designated Certified Well being Data 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 assist 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 grew to become operational in December 2023. The Frequent Settlement, launched in September 2021, consists of six change functions that organizations should assist to be designated as a QHIN. The change functions embody Remedy, Fee, Well being Care Operations, Public Well being, Advantages Willpower, and Particular person Entry Providers.
ONC mentioned that CommonWell Well being Alliance and Kno2 can instantly start supporting the change of information underneath the Frequent Settlement’s insurance policies and technical necessities together with the opposite designated QHINs.
“These extra QHINs broaden TEFCA’s attain and supply extra connectivity selections for sufferers, healthcare suppliers, hospitals, public well being businesses, well being insurers, and different licensed healthcare professionals,” mentioned Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., nationwide coordinator for well being info expertise, in a press release. “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 thus far.” mentioned CommonWell Well being Alliance Govt Director Paul Wilder, in a press release. “We’re honored to hitch as a QHIN—together with many members and trade companions—to bolster our dedication to enhancing well being knowledge sharing and contribute to the belief of the TEFCA. I’m grateful for all who helped us get so far—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 extra new Service Adopters—together with Invaryant and Solace—are scheduled to onboard on to the brand new platform. Signature Efficiency joins as one in all CommonWell’s latest Common Members with plans to turn out to be a Service Adopter by the tip of 2024.
The TEFCA Frequent Settlement Model 2.0, which is anticipated to incorporate enhancements and updates to require assist for FHIR-based transactions, is underneath improvement and scheduled to be adopted by QHINs inside the first quarter of 2024.