PALO ALTO, Calif., October 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Gorilla Healthone of the leading healthcare data aggregators in United Statestoday announced their intention to become one of the first Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN) under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). Health Gorilla has built a flexible interoperability platform, executing the objectives of the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), providing connections between healthcare providers, health plans, public health and individuals. Once designated by The Sequoia Project, the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) for TEFCA, Health Gorilla will operate as a QHIN in a “network of networks” structure, connecting with other QHINs to facilitate national data exchanges. between QHINs, participants and subnets. -participants.
The 21st Century Cures Act, signed by President Obama in 2016, calls on the ONC to “develop or support a framework for the exchange of trust, including common agreement among health information networks nationwide “. The three main objectives of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) are to provide a single on-ramp for connectivity nationwide, to join all Electronic Health Information (EHI) to the right patient and support nationwide scalability; all of which set a floor for universal interoperability across the country. In July 2021, ONC and RCE have released a timeline for the completion of the Trusted Exchange Framework, with the intention of making QHINs operational in the first quarter (Q1) of calendar year 2022. The timeline takes support the publication of the final trust exchange framework in the first quarter of 2022, as well as the Final V1 Common Agreement and the Final V1 Qualified Health Network Technical Framework. Once finalized, Health Information Networks will be eligible to apply to become QHINs and will begin sharing data on an ongoing basis after being selected and onboarded.
The joint agreement, published in September 2021, includes six exchange goals that organizations must support to be designated as a QHIN. The purposes of the exchange include treatment, payment, healthcare operations, public health, benefit determination and individual access services.
Health Gorilla’s proprietary platform and robust data engine puts them in a unique position to fulfill the six permitted exchange purposes outlined in the joint agreement. Health Gorilla’s platform and FHIR-based APIs facilitate national exchanges of health information for authorized purposes and integrate with most major EMR systems and diagnostic providers, connecting payers, laboratories, providers, patients and public health officials with aggregated health data. Health Gorilla addresses the need for individual access, supporting identity verification and connecting individuals with access to their information. Their recent entry into the life insurance market addresses the benefit determination process, securely providing life insurance underwriters, reinsurers and risk assessors with HIPAA-compliant, data-based access. authorization to structured and complete medical records.
“Health Gorilla is a recognized leader in interoperability and is more than prepared to become a qualified health information network. For years they have operated successfully under ever-changing federal health information regulations. health informatics and have built a robust and secure health information exchange platform that benefits healthcare providers, the rapidly growing digital health community and other QHINs,” said Jitin Asnaani , Vice President of Strategy and Development at Bamboo Health and former Executive Director of CommonWell Health Alliance Jitin is a member of the Board of Health Gorilla.
Health Gorilla is committed to meeting the legal, functional, and technical requirements for health information networks designated as QHIN, and to providing a robust process engine that supports:
– High capacity networks to negotiate the exchange of transactions
– A flexible platform supporting a wide range of standards including FHIR, HL7, C-CDA and IHE profiles
– Comprehensive Patient Index (MPI) and Record Locator Services (RLS)
– IAL2 verification and proof of identity for providers and patients
– A comprehensive security program, ensuring the security of the Health Gorilla platform and participants. SOC-2 Type 2 Certified, HIPAA Certified and HITRUST Certified Pending
– A comprehensive governance program to ensure the highest level of compliance with industry regulations and certify the exchange objectives of participants and sub-participants
Heath Gorilla continues to be an active stakeholder and thought leader, providing public feedback on the TEFCA model as documentation and requirements continue to evolve and advocating for FHIR as the data format for national data exchanges . They participate in a number of implementation working groups and pilot efforts, working to expand the FHIR. They strongly believe that FHIR has embraced the principles of reuse, performance, usability, fidelity, and implementation to meet industry needs and align with ONC’s three primary goals to develop a trust exchange framework (TEF) and a common agreement.
Health Gorilla, an early adopter of FHIR, has built a native FHIR data platform with substantial analytical capabilities that conforms to FHIR R4 profiles to ensure scalable retrieval of medical records. They provide a suite of industry-leading APIs and software products that power foundational healthcare workflows and data exchange scenarios, where participants can leverage Health Gorilla’s published APIs to facilitate access to the national data exchange.
“By making this network available through FHIR-based APIs, developers can bypass complex integrations with various health information exchanges and labs while enjoying all the benefits of direct connectivity. These APIs allow developers to code against an open community standard, leverage work already completed, facilitate implementations, and present that data in their application as they see fit,” said Steve YaskinCEO and co-founder of Health Gorilla.
In May 2020, Health Gorilla was recognized in the duke university Interoperability report as the only clinical exchange portal that meets the functional and security requirements of public health services. The report states that Health Gorilla, which is a member of CommonWell and an implementer of Carequality, “provides query access to all acute care sites on both networks and maintains its own set of services (MPI and RLS) and capabilities (notifications of events) that could increase utility for public health.”
Since the publication of this report, Health Gorilla has continued its national expansion and recently became a member of the eHealth Exchange. They are now one of the only sources of data for the country’s three national networks and are well positioned to earn the QHIN designation.
“TEFCA’s success and the value it brings to the healthcare industry is driven by a unique variety of industry leaders who come together as QHIN to create a secure and trusted network,” said Paul Wilder, the executive director of CommonWell. “As a member of CommonWell, Health Gorilla has connected a variety of healthcare exchange participants, from providers to patients, and has been a valuable partner as we have both grown in size and scope. We look forward to working with Health Gorilla as QHIN in the future as we all work together to improve the exchange of patient data nationwide.”
Today, Health Gorilla acts as the sole health information exchange provider for the Puerto Rico Department of Health. They function as the interoperability solution connecting payers, laboratories, providers, patients and public health officials. This HIE opened a new era of interoperability for Porto Rico by streamlining care, reducing costs, empowering patients and providers, and providing public health officials with the data they need to act decisively. They now connect more than one million inhabitants of Porto Rico and enable healthcare providers to access and share patient health record data securely and electronically across more than 430 care sites and more than 4,350 providers.
“Porto Rico and our healthcare system have seen tremendous benefits since partnering with Health Gorilla to create the Puerto Rico Health Information Network,” said Alexander Quevedo, State Health Information Technology Coordinator at the Puerto Rico Department of Health. “Together, we have built a strong network between doctors, nurses, hospitals and healthcare organizations, and we look forward to seeing how Health Gorilla becomes a QHIN expands our capabilities and access to patient data to citizens of Porto Rico.”
About Gorilla Health
Founded in 2014, Health Gorilla is a secure interoperability solution that enables the entire healthcare ecosystem – patients, payers, providers, digital health solutions and labs – to seamlessly share healthcare data and consolidate each patient’s complete clinical history in one place. With enterprise-grade clinical data APIs, HIPAA-compliant user authentication, and an unparalleled Master Patient Index, the Health Gorilla Network enables providers to easily extract their patient information from any records system. clinics while ensuring compliance with the 21st Century Treatments Act and Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) standards that will come into effect in early 2022. For more information, visit healthgorilla.com or follow- us on twitter @HealthGorilla.
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