HHS to pursue health IT network pilots

The Health and Human Services Department will seek proposals in spring 2007 to create trial implementations for the Nationwide Health Information Network and work toward integrating them with the broader network initiative.

Trial implementations are a key step toward using IT to exchange patient information and make it available to providers and consumers regardless of their geographic location.

'By bringing together the significant expertise and work achieved this year by the current efforts with state and local health information exchanges, we can begin to construct the 'network of networks' that will form the basis of the Nationwide Health Information Network,' said Robert Kolodner, interim national coordinator for health IT.

The four groups of health care and health IT organizations next month will demonstrate their prototype architectures to the public-private advisory group American Health Information Community. The prototype activities have included developing functional requirements and security approaches, and identifying the needed standards for creating secure health information exchange in different health care markets.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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