New National Health IT Coordinator Releases Free Software To Help Health Care Providers Connect To Nationwide Health Information Network

April 7, 2009 at 2:18 am

As a first step to help public and private health information technology systems communicate to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is making free software, called CONNECT, and supporting documentation available for use by health care providers at www.connectopensource.org.

To tie together health information exchanges, integrated delivery networks, pharmacies, government health facilities and payors, labs, providers, private payors and other stakeholders into a “network of networks,” the NHIN provides a mechanism for previously disconnected systems and exchanges to connect to each other and share data.  The NHIN uses interoperability standards recognized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, as well as public and private sector specifications, participation agreements and policies. To enable health information exchanges over the NHIN, the ONC is working to develop the necessary governance processes and legal framework for participation in the network.

The Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indian Health Service, and the National Cancer Institute have tested and demonstrated CONNECT’s ability to share data among one another and with private sector organizations.  In February 2009, the CONNECT software gateway was used for the first time in a limited production environment when the SSA began receiving live patient data from MedVirginia through the NHIN.

Private and public sector organizations can download CONNECT and use it for their connectivity needs.  As with other open source solutions, organizations are encouraged to modify and expand the capabilities of the software.  Although the download is free, an organization opting to use the solution should be aware it will be responsible for costs associated with its implementation and maintenance within its own environment.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Data Security, Health, Health care, Health Information Technology, Health Plans, Hospitals, Medical Privacy, Physicians, Privacy.

Retaliation For Filing HIPAA Complaint Recognized As Basis For State Retaliatory Discharge Claim FTC Proposes Data Breach Regulations For Personal Health Records, HHS Separately Releases Guidance For HIPAA Covered Entities On New Data Breach Rules


April 2009
S M T W T F S
« Mar   May »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Recent Posts

Share this blog

Bookmark and Share
April 2009
S M T W T F S
« Mar   May »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

%d bloggers like this: