Breaking Barriers: QHIN Designation Paves the Way for Interoperability and Enhanced Patient Care


Health and Human Services designates two new Qualified Health Information Networks

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has designated CommonWell Health Alliance and Kno2 as Qualified Health Information Networks. This designation signifies a major step forward in the interoperability of health information technology, allowing seven QHINs to electronically exchange health information nationwide under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.

The ability for QHINs to exchange health information is significant as it will greatly benefit patients, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders in the healthcare industry. By securely exchanging health information in a standardized format, these organizations can make more informed decisions about patient care, leading to better outcomes.

In the first quarter of 2024, QHINs are expected to adopt Common Agreement Version 2.0, which requires support for the Health Level Seven FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard. This update will further enhance the ability for QHINs to securely exchange health information in a standardized format, improving interoperability and ultimately leading to better patient care.

Overall, this designation and upcoming adoption of Common Agreement Version 2.0 represent important advancements in the field of health information technology. It signifies a commitment to improving interoperability and securely exchanging health information, ultimately leading to better patient outcomes.

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