Balancing flexibility with national standards
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded over $560 million to fifty-six states and territories to build the capacity for health information exchange within and between jurisdictions. This effort was in support of the new Meaningful Use program for electronic health records implementation that began with the passage of the HITECH Act.
A robust technical assistance program was required to ensure that these diverse projects implemented best practices, complied with national standards, and learned from each other. Ultimately the goal was to improve the coordination, quality, and efficiency of health care through robust health information exchange.
Public health interoperability focus
HLN functioned within a diverse project team initially managed by the AHIMA Foundation but quickly transitioned to Deloitte Consulting. Our particular expertise in public health informatics and operational experience with public health reporting enabled us to function as subject matter experts for the project in this critical area of interoperability.
The project delivered numerous reports, webinars, and conference presentations. In addition, individualized technical assistance was provided to over ten individual state-level projects to further their specific plans.
Under the auspices of this project, HLN took a pivotal role in many ONC-sponsored activities, including the establishment and evolution of the Direct Project, the Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework, a disaster preparedness and response project (SERCH), and support for a number of communities of practice.
- Journal Article: The Interoperability of Things
- White Paper: The Case for Payer Participation in Health Information Exchange
- Presentation: Placeholder for NACCHO conference presentation that will be live first week of July
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