The successor group to the American Health Information Community officially rebranded itself as the National eHealth Collaborative and discussed how it plans to move forward with establishing an interoperable health information technology infrastructure for the country.
During a board of directors meeting held on Thursday, the collaborativewith its new acronym NEHC to be pronounced knee-hiclistened to presentations about work the former AHIC had been doing and what steps the new group will take to build on the earlier efforts in creating the national IT network. The group is expected to meet with the new administrations transition team to discuss how it will continue to develop information exchange standards and security measures, educate providers about adopting electronic health records and create the interoperable national network.
A large part of that is moving from just having systems that are able to connect to actually making information flow among them, said John Loonsk, a physician who is director of the office of interoperability and standards in the Office of the National Coordinator at HHS during a presentation. Its one thing to have interoperable systems; its another thing to make them work together, he said. An additional 52 interoperable standards are expected to be approved by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt before he leaves office this month, Loonsk said.