David Brailer, M.D., HHS' national health information technology coordinator, wants advice from the public on how best to go about getting a nation of computerized healthcare information systems to communicate with each other.
In his July report to President Bush in July outlining a national healthcare IT strategy, Brailer called for development of a communications backbone -- a national health information network, or NHIN -- to handle the traffic in medical records between providers, patients and payers.
The report, The Decade of Health Information Technology: Delivering Consumer-centric and Information-rich Health Care, called for a national IT network tied by "a set of common intercommunication tools such as mobile authentication, Web services architecture and security technologies . . . to support data movement that is inexpensive and secure." Click here to see the full report.
Some specific areas of interest in which advice is sought about the network, according to Brailer's office, are:
The public-comment period runs through Jan. 18, 2005. Click here to see the full text of Brailer's request for information in the Federal Register.