Transition of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) Exchange to eHealth Exchange
ONC is pleased to announce the successful transition of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) Exchange to eHealth Exchange, a public-private partnership that represents ONC’s commitment to support health information exchange innovation in the private sector. The eHealth Exchange is composed of federal agencies and private partners that have implemented nationwide health information network standards and services and executed the Data Use and Reciprocal Support Agreement (DURSA), a legal agreement, in order to securely exchange electronic health information.
The Exchange Coordinating Committee, which oversees eHealth Exchange, designated Healtheway, a nonprofit organization, to assume operational support of eHealth Exchange effective October 1st, 2012. Healtheway will support eHealth Exchange with conformance and interoperability testing, onboarding of new participants in eHealth Exchange, and maintenance of the DURSA, operating policies and procedures, the service registry and digital certificates.
ONC will continue to establish the national standards that promote interoperable health information exchange. This transition to a public/private partnership reflects ONC's strategy to be an "incubator" for innovation and its focus on supporting a sustainable ecosystem of organizations that have found secure and scalable ways to exchange health information – all of which ultimately enhance patient care.
ONC will continue to work closely with organizations like Direct Trust and Healtheway to ensure the development of secure, effective and cost-efficient health information exchange standards, services and policies, and provide guidance for their implementation.
For more information about the eHealth Exchange, please visit http://healthewayinc.org.