NextGen Healthcare announced this week that it will apply to become a Qualified Health Information Network under the Office of the National Information Technology Coordinator’s Trust Exchange Framework and Joint Agreement on the health.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
The developer of electronic health records, practice management and revenue cycle tools for outpatient settings is the first outpatient-focused provider to announce plans to become a QHIN.
NextGen’s cloud-based technology is used by some 100,000 vendors across the country. It also works with about a third of the nationwide health information exchanges.
Once approved by the ONC, the company will participate in a network of other healthcare organizations that work together to share clinical information nationwide – with QHINs exchanging patient data with other QHINs to enable more extensive and seamless interoperability.
NextGen’s QHIN would be vendor-neutral – able to support its own customers, as well as those using other EHRs or HIEs.
Its NextGen Share technology already provides access to several national interoperability networks; the company has years of experience as an implementation of the Carequality framework, for example.
THE GREAT TREND
The purpose of QHINs is to support the national exchange of treatment, payment and public health data.
As the recognized coordinating entity designated by the ONC for TEFCAs, the Sequoia Project recently released the QHIN Fee Schedule and other standard operating procedures. He also developed an integration and SOP project earlier this spring.
Another provider to have announced its intention to be a QHIN is Epic. Giant EHR announced in June that it will apply to connect to TEFCA when the application process opens later this year
See also: Everything you wanted to know about TEFCA (but were afraid to ask).
“Interoperability is key to overall person health, and NextGen Healthcare is already a leader in facilitating the open exchange of data,” NextGen President and CEO David Sides said in a statement. a statement.
“With the infrastructure already in place, applying to become a QHIN is the next logical step and aligns with our mission to empower every member of the continuum of care with the data needed to make the best decisions possible.”