WISHIN SUPPORTS TEFCA’S OBJECTIVE
The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) has a goal of
enabling participants across the country to engage in health information
exchange outside their current networks and across state lines.
Work on TEFCA began with the passage of the federal 21st Century Cures Act in
2016. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says “The Common
Agreement establishes the technical infrastructure model and governing approach
for different health information networks and their users to securely share clinical
information with each other-all under commonly agreed-to rules-of-the-road.”
WISHIN supports the effort to establish a “single on-ramp” to nationwide connectivity. WISHIN CEO Joe Kachelski says: “We
know that most patients’ health-care encounters take place within a compact
geographic area, but the exceptions can create information gaps that complicate
clinical decision-making and care coordination. WISHIN was one of the first HIEs
in the nation to onboard to the eHealth Exchange. TEFCA could allow the concept
of inter-state and inter-network exchange to evolve even further. We’re following
the developments closely and are evaluating the best way for WISHIN to operate
in the post-TEFCA environment.”
The Sequoia Project Inc. is the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) overseeing
the development of technical and legal standards under TEFCA. The Sequoia Project anticipates the first Qualified
Health Information Networks (QHINs), which will operate as transfer points for
data originating within networks like WISHIN’s, initial establishment of the new
national network will begin this year.
Stay updated on TEFCA through the WISHIN website.