Interoperability Provides Secure Electronic Health Records

Imagine visiting a new physician and upon arrival your healthcare information is already available, up-to-date and comprehensive without completing multiple forms

Connecting Citizens and Physicians

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, is at the forefront of our nation’s health IT efforts. Their mandate — support adoption of health IT and promote health information exchange that improves healthcare throughout the United States — is steadfast and sure to lead us into the next generation of health information sharing.

“Once completed, the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) will play a critical role in the success of the national health IT agenda by allowing health information to follow citizens wherever they go, and by providing on-demand records for healthcare providers to make crucial, clinical decisions,” said Chitra Raghu, senior program manager for ONC NwHIN Standards and Interoperability

The S&I Framework

As part of the ongoing healthcare information technology agenda, Office of Standards and Interoperability (S&I) has built a framework comprised of several harmonized, interoperability specifications that support national healthcare priorities — including the NwHIN.

IS&GS will deliver two key aspects of the S&I Framework: new reference implementation software and NwHIN capability demonstrations and pilots. “To ensure delivery on our two key aspects of the S&I Framework, our team will apply analysis, development and validation expertise to create working models of ONC’s healthcare information exchange network,” said Raghu.

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Posted on January 20, 2012


Chitra Raghu, senior program manager, Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), sitting front, with her team that includes Neeli Bajaj, Steven Cason, Ann R. Clarke, David Colbert, Joan Duhaime, Bill Farmer (Advisor), Anjali Gupte, Deborah Harris, Darren King, Diamanta Mari, David Morris, Charles Ndunda, Michael Nenashev, Jeffrey Tunkel and Kiran Yanamadala.