Data Sharing Standards DraftedTechnical Specs for Linking EHRs, Health Information Exchanges
One set of standards describes how encrypted health information can be transmitted over the Internet. The other describes how a clinician can query an HIE for relevant data for a specific patient.
The workgroup, originally formed by the New York eHealth Collaborative, also includes state HIE developers in California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Oregon. Eleven EHR and HIE vendors also participated.
The project "has the potential to advance real-world pilots, implementation and feedback on standards for health information exchange," says Doug Fridsma, director of the office of standards and interoperability at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. ONC is developing a Nationwide Health Information Network governance rule designed to ease exchange of information among HIEs by spelling out guidelines.