Nine health information exchanges will use $22.5 million in federal funds to test the implementation of a nationwide health information network, or NHIN, officials announced.
HHS awarded the nine grants to conduct a trial network, involving patients, providers and other healthcare stakeholders in exchanging information through the use of electronic health records. Officials stressed that the data will remain private and secure. The organizations represent both statewide and regional information exchanges.
The nine exchanges are: CareSpark, eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia; Delaware Health Information Network; one co-founded by Indiana University; Long Beach (Calif.) Network for Health; Lovelace Clinic Foundation, New Mexico; MedVirginia, for central Virginia; New York eHealth Collaborative; North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance; and West Virginia Health Information Network.
HHS will host three public forums and other demonstrations in September 2008 to present results of the trial NHIN. -- by Jean DerGurahian