ONC releases draft Trusted Exchange Framework to aid interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Friday released a draft Trusted Exchange Framework to enable interoperability across disparate healthcare information networks nationally, as directed by the 21st Century Cures Act.

The draft framework is designed to support nationwide interoperability by outlining a common set of principles, as well as minimum terms and conditions for trusted data exchange. According to ONC, the document focuses on policies, procedures and technical standards that build from existing HIN capabilities and enables them to work together to provide a “single on-ramp” to patient information regardless of the HIT vendor they use or the health information exchange (HIE) with which they contract.

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