ONC unveils framework for HIE governance
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is shoring up health information exchange efforts with the long-awaited release of the "Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange." The agency says the framework will provide a "common foundation" for all types of HIE governance models.
The three-page document "reflects what matters most to ONC when it comes to national Heath Information Exchange governance and the principles in which [the office] believes," Farzad Mostashari, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, wrote in a recent post to the Health IT Buzz blog.
There are four principles:
1. Trust: Guide health information exchange governance entities on patient privacy, meaningful choice and data management in health information exchange.
2. Business: Focus on responsible financial and operational policies for governance entities, with emphasis on transparency and health information exchange with the patients best interests in mind.
3. Technical: Express priorities for the use of standards in order to support the trust and business principles as well as furthering the execution of interoperability.
4. Organizational: Identify generally applicable approaches for good self-governance.
ONC originally considered issuing formal rules for HIE governance, but industry pushback convinced the office to instead provide voluntary guidance on health information exchange models.
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