New Government Health IT Panel to Set Road Rules for Nationwide Health Information Network

A new government health IT advisory panel is working toward establishing road rules for the nationwide health information network, according to a Government Health IT report.

The federal panel was formed to create a process — not standards or policies — that will ensure healthcare providers exchange patient health information securely over the information network. No such road rules exist yet for the NHIN. The panel aims to identify potential areas of governance, including security, data integrity, identity management and symmetry of participation. It will also assess what would be governed by a single entity and when the Office of the National Coordinator would be involved in governance activities.

The advisory panel is planning to host information panels on Sept. 28 to hear from other industries, such as the banking industry, about their own established rules on exchanging trusted information. The panel will make its recommendations to the Health IT Policy Committee in October.

Read the Government Health IT report about the new health IT advisory panel.

Read other coverage about NHIN:

- VA Medical Center and Indiana Health Information Exchange Partner on Electronic Health Data Exchange Pilot

- Office of the National coordinator to Set Up Governance Rules for Nationwide Health Information Network

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