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May 10, 2006

First Nationwide Health Information Network Forum

A post was made on the Health-IT listserv about this event:

June 28-29, 2006
National Institute of Health's Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD

Purpose:
The purpose of the Nationwide Health Information Network Forum is to identify and catalogue the list of functional requirements that will frame the development of a Nationwide Health Information Network. While other processes continue to explore the policy determinants for nationwide health information exchange, the development of functional requirements will focus on the critical technical components of architectures to support a Nationwide Health Information Network.

The identification of functional requirements will lead to the foundational specifications of the next phase of Nationwide Health Information Network development. In addition, the functional requirements will provide a framework for the Health Information Technology Standards Panel's efforts to define implementation level guidance in their interoperability specifications, and input for the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology's compliance certification criteria that address the infrastructure or network components through which EHRs interoperate.

Overview:
As a key element of the Administration's health information technology strategy, the development of a Nationwide Health Information Network will provide the foundation for an interoperable, standards-based network for the secure exchange of health care information.

On June 28 and June 29, 2006, a forum to address the functional requirements of a Nationwide Health Information Network will be held. The Nationwide Health Information Network Forum will be open to the public and include participants in key processes supported by the Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (including the four consortia developing prototype Nationwide Health Information Network architectures, the Health Information Technology Standards Panel, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, and the Federal Health Architecture) and key representatives from other public, private, and non-profit health information technology stakeholders.

The Nationwide Health Information Network Forum will be structured as an interactive discussion with facilitated breakout sessions to illuminate the technical components of a Nationwide Health Information Network.

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in two series of breakout sessions:

  • focusing on categories of "functional requirements" (i.e., security, data transmission and transformation, information location, etc.)
  • focusing on the "core" system components and the requirements of "edge" applications that will be participating in the exchange of health information technology.

Audience:
Representatives from public, private, and non-profit health information technology stakeholders who can contribute to the consideration of functional requirements.

You can get the logistics from the Web page this comes from.

   

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