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Seven Qualified Health Information Networks Designated by ONC: Bringing Us Closer to True Interoperability in Healthcare


Feb 13, 2024
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designates two additional Qualified Health Information Networks

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently designated CommonWell Health Alliance and Kno2 as Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) on Feb. 12. With this designation, these organizations are now able to securely exchange health information nationwide under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which is a set of common rules for the exchange of treatment and other health information required by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.

The addition of CommonWell Health Alliance and Kno2 brings the total number of QHINs designated by the ONC to seven. These QHINs play a critical role in facilitating interoperability and improving coordination of care for patients across different healthcare settings.

In the first quarter of 2024, these QHINs will adopt Common Agreement Version 2.0, which will require support for the Health Level Seven FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard. This updated version will further enhance the ability to securely exchange health information, bringing us one step closer to achieving true interoperability in healthcare.

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