The more ways we enable exchange of patient data when, where, and how it is needed – the better
Carequality on Monday announced to enable participation of federal government agencies, its data exchange framework will expand.
WHY IT MATTERS
The eHealth Exchange – the main vehicle for federal agencies to exchange electronic healthcare information – joined Carequality in 2021.
While its private-sector participants were able to use the interoperability framework immediately to share data with other networks, that wasn’t the case for federal agencies, who required specific policy language and contract agreements before they could participate through eHealth Exchange.
Enabling government agencies to opt into eHealth Exchange’s Carequality Bridge, those policy changes now have been made, officials say.
Effective on 01 August, the policy change was incorporated in an updated Carequality Connected Agreement. Officials say, by promoting information exchange across the private and public sectors, it’s an important milestone – expanding the non-profit trusted exchange’s value.
“The more ways we enable exchange of patient data when, where, and how it is needed – the better,” said Jay Nakashima, executive director of the eHealth Exchange, in a statement.
“We already support more than one billion transactions monthly, but we’ll always choose to expand that connectivity further to the benefit of our members and the healthcare providers and patients they serve – whether through Carequality, TEFCA, or whatever tomorrow brings. The eHealth Exchange and its members are excited about the new frontiers the industry is moving into.”
THE LARGER TREND
National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi, at HIMSS22 earlier this year, highlighted the value that exchanges – Carequality, eHealth Exchange, Commonwell and state and regional HIEs – are offering valuable network services, “primarily organization to organization, with high volume and high reliability.”
eHealth Exchange – which earlier this year announced more than half a million dollars in interoperability innovation grants – has been racking up some milestones in recent years.
ON THE RECORD
“The Carequality Interoperability Framework is a living, evolving framework for health information exchange across networks, technologies, geographies and now private sector-government boundaries,” said Alan Swenson, executive director of Carequality, in a statement.
“The more we can accommodate each and every type of organization and care setting that needs access to electronic health information, the closer we get to the vision of true nationwide health data sharing. Federal agencies are a critical part of ensuring this vision.”
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