Health and Wellness Informatics News

TEFCA drafts a version 3 for nationwide Data for core interoperability. It will be available for public comment soon.

The National Coordinator announces the availability of a trusted exchange framework. It was long-awaited in the field of healthcare.

ONC was to bring in the concept of a nationwide health information network. The network would feature the access of information from anywhere. Also, it was just to bring all health care data to one place.

It holds the vision to standardize healthcare with IT infrastructures. Bringing better policies and investment was all part of the big picture. The HITECH Act and the 21st Century Cures Act enhance interoperability. It is in place for 12 years. Also, it offered funds to adopt electronic health records. It aimed to boost IT investment in healthcare. And, then it finally narrowed down to an exchange framework.

TEFCA and the Common Agreement will serve as an initiation point. It will also ease the data transfer across health care.

They will establish a universal policy for interoperability across the counties. It also envisions simplifying the connectivity. It will help the organization to exchange data securely. This will enhance the patient experience. Also, it promotes better health care values.

It will also make it easy for the general public to gather information.

The Common Agreement is the baseline for the exchange framework. It is a new legal contract between Sequoia Project and the health information network. ONC will also work toward the TEFCA FHIR roadmap. HL7 specs are going to be part of the TEFCA-based exchange.

Micky Tripathi, the National Coordinator for Health, adds, “Be on the lookout for opportunities to engage with ONC and [Sequoia Project] as QHINs onboard, including opportunities to inform continued implementation and future updates to the Common Agreement and QHIN Technical Framework.”

ONC promised TEFCA in 2022. And, it happened. It was a busy year for ONC. Also, it released new technical specs for the project. It provides a singular specification of a patient’s address. The exchange framework will also mark the beginning of a new era for health care.