The HITECH Act provides a significant investment in health information technology for the nation. To receive incentives, eligible providers and hospitals must demonstrate health information exchange to support continuity of care.
To fulfill the requirements to establish meaningful use of certified EHR technology, providers and hospitals need the technology means to securely transport health information. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with the guidance of a Federal Advisory Committee (the HIT Policy Committee) established to advise HHS, formed the NHIN Direct project. This project is an open government initiative to facilitate public/private collaboration toward the development of transport standards allowing for health information to be pushed and routed to addressed endpoints.
This presentation will describe the collaboration framework established for the NHIN Direct project, including the participation architecture that provides for both an open community and a group of motivated stakeholders who have committed to deploy the resulting specifications in real-world implementations. The session will describe both the successes and challenges in creating this sort of facilitated collaboration framework as a model.
The presentation will also describe the specifications being developed and the open source community implementing the specifications. Presenters will describe the implications of the specifications for future open source healthcare work, both directly related to the specifications, and related to an ecosystem of open source projects that can exploit the specifications.
Arien Malec, Coordinator, NHIN Direct (ONC). Mr. Malec has a long and varied career applying technology and informatics to solve problems in healthcare and life sciences. He currently coordinates the activities of a multi-stakeholder public-private group to develop specifications and service descriptions to enable secure, scalable transport between known participates in support of meaningful use. Prior to that role he was VP, Product Management & Strategy, Relay Health (a division of McKesson), leading a team to develop strategy and requirements for a software as a service health information exchange, electronic health record, and patient connectivity platform. Earlier, he worked at Fast Track Corporation, applying clinical informatics and analytics to clinical trials processes for clinical practices and pharmaceutical companies. Before that, he had leadership positions in product management and business development in software and services companies focusing on pharmaceutical drug development. He is a graduate of The American University, where he studied international relations.
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