Privacy and security considerations emerge as HHS fuels interoperability push

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for the National Coordinator recently announced that the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) will go live in 2022. The new nationwide framework is being designed to fuel and support interoperability in the health care sector, a key HHS initiative.

“If you’re not already involved in monitoring all of the initiatives occurring regarding interoperability, now is the time to get engaged,” said Lee Barrett, CEO and executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), who’s also a Sequoia Project Board member. Each framework iteration sought to provide additional context and clarification. “Don’t wait until you have to implement: you have an opportunity to provide input into the process and the issues being discussed now.”

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