The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Feb. 12 designated CommonWell Health Alliance and Kno2 as Qualified Health Information Networks. This designation means that seven QHINs can now electronically exchange health information nationwide under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, a set of common rules for secure exchange of treatment and other health information required by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.
This development is significant as it represents a major step forward in the interoperability of health information technology. The ability for QHINs to exchange health information nationwide will greatly benefit patients, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders in the healthcare industry.
The QHINs are expected to adopt Common Agreement Version 2.0 in the first quarter of 2024. This update will require support for the Health Level Seven FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard, further enhancing the ability for QHINs to securely exchange health information in a standardized format.
Overall, this designation and the upcoming adoption of Common Agreement Version 2.0 represent important advancements in the field of health information technology. It signifies the commitment to improving interoperability and the secure exchange of health information, ultimately leading to better patient care and outcomes.