ONC touts dawn of new era of interoperability with TEFCA

The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT released the final draft of requirements for the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement this week, launching an era many have waited for since the advent of electronic health records more than 15 years ago.

Lee Barrett, CEO and executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is optimistic about TEFCA. “Most large groups are already sharing data, and this will only make things easier,” he said. “One of the biggest issues with health information networks today is that not all of them really exchange data between HINs. And so, it’s a very siloed process for data exchange; it’s not even standardized from the standpoint of having any specific standards that are used between them.”

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