Coalition to Launch EHR Interoperability Testing Program

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A public-private partnership of 15 states, 37 technology vendors and 34 health information exchanges has announced a program to test and certify electronic health records and other health information technology for reliable transfer of data within and across organizations and states.

The program will test an EHR system to verify its capability of exchanging health information with many other systems. With this testing, a single set of standardized, easy-to-implement connections can support communications among systems, according to the release.

The EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, a New York eHealth Collaborative-led consortium of states and vendors and Healtheway, a non-profit organization charged to support the national eHealth Exchange network, will lead the program. The eHealth Exchange is a network of 34 public and private organizations representing hundreds of hospitals, thousands of providers and millions of patients across the country.

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will carry out the testing. As the compliance testing body, CCHIT will certify the interfaces between the HIT and HIEs are consistent across multiple states and systems, according to the release.

Coalition members will announce plans for launching the program and more details at the NYeC Digital Health Conference, Oct. 15-16, and webinars will be scheduled for the HIT and provider communities. More details and a fact sheet are available here.

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