The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has designated CommonWell Health Alliance and Kno2 as Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) on Feb. 12. This designation allows these organizations to electronically exchange health information nationwide under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which is a set of common rules for secure exchange of treatment and other health information required by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.
With the addition of CommonWell Health Alliance and Kno2, there are now seven QHINs that have been designated by the ONC. These QHINs play a key role in the trusted exchange of health information, helping to facilitate interoperability and improve the coordination of care for patients across different healthcare settings.
In the first quarter of 2024, the QHINs are expected to adopt Common Agreement Version 2.0. This updated version will require support for the Health Level Seven FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard, which will further enhance the ability to securely exchange health information. This will be an important step in the continued effort to improve interoperability and ensure that health information can be seamlessly and securely shared among healthcare providers.