eHealth Exchange and Virginia Health Information Announce QHIN Intentions

/EIN News/ — VIENNA, Va., Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eHealth Exchange, one of the nation’s oldest and largest health information networks, today announced that Virginia Health Information (VHI), the non-profit health data organization, intends to participate in the Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) provided by eHealth Exchange through its information exchange Health Information (HIE) ConnectVirginia statewide. eHealth Exchange plans to undergo the application process to serve as a QHIN under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) of the Office of the National Coordinator of Information Technology for Health (ONC).

“eHealth Exchange has been the cornerstone of VHI’s ability to provide a secure method to query and retrieve patient data through ConnectVirginia,” said Kyle Russell, CEO of VHI. “We know that eHealth Exchange will be the right partner to help us take this next step in nationwide data sharing, as it is the largest health information network in the country and is constantly working advance interoperability and improve patient care.”

eHealth Exchange is uniquely positioned to be among the nation’s first QHINs and is gearing up to be one of the first health information networks to submit the QHIN application. The network has 13 years of experience supporting large-scale health information exchange through a network of diverse participants, including 64 regional and state HIEs. This experience includes support for over 30 different electronic medical record technologies.

“The eHealth Exchange is delighted to have another of its members moving forward with TEFCA’s participation through our upcoming QHIN,” said Jay Nakashima, Executive Director of eHealth Exchange. “We continue to diligently prepare our application to become a QHIN on behalf of our members, such as VHI through ConnectVirginia. This will provide a seamless experience for organizations that come forward intending to participate in this federally approved framework for sharing patient data.

Learn more about eHealth Exchange’s plan to become a QHIN at https://ehealthexchange.org/what-we-do/tefca-and-ehealth-exchange/.

About eHealth Exchange

The eHealth Exchange, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is one of the oldest and largest health information networks in America and is best known as the primary means by which the federal government data sharing between agencies and with the private sector. The eHealth Exchange, a network of networks, is the only network connecting healthcare providers to five federal agencies, 64 regional or state HIEs, 75% of all US hospitals, and 85% of dialysis clinics operating on over 30 Electronic Health Records (EHR) platforms. National interoperability is facilitated by a common trust agreement and a single set of APIs. Five federal agencies (Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Indian Health Service (IHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Social Security Administration) participate in the network to share patient information with private sector healthcare partners as well as with other agencies. The eHealth Exchange supports the secure exchange of more than 12 billion patient record transactions per year. www.ehealthexchange.org / @ehealthexchange

About Virginia Health Information (VHI)

Virginia Health Information (VHI) is the Commonwealth’s not-for-profit health data organization whose primary mission is to collect, exchange and disseminate health care data in an unbiased, relevant and transparent since 1993. VHI serves as the statewide health information exchange (HIE) through the ConnectVirginia programs and administers a wide variety of health data systems, including the Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC), All-Payer Claims Database (APCD), and Hospital Discharge Database. VHI also publishes a variety of annual reports on topics of interest such as quality of hospitals and health plans, financial performance, and a free healthcare price comparison tool available on its website at www.vhi.org.

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