On February 12, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) designated CommonWell Health Alliance and Kno2 as Qualified Health Information Networks (KHINs). These organizations have been recognized for their ability to electronically exchange health information across the country under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which is a set of common rules for the secure exchange of treatment and other health information required by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.
With the addition of CommonWell Health Alliance and Kno2, there are now seven KHINs designated by the ONC. These KHINs play a key role in the reliable exchange of health information, helping to facilitate interoperability and improve coordination of patient care across health care facilities.
The KHINs are expected to adopt version 2.0 of the joint agreement in the first quarter of 2024. This updated version will require support for the health standard seven FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), which will further improve the ability to securely exchange health information. This will be an important step in continued efforts to improve interoperability and ensure that health information can be shared seamlessly and securely among healthcare providers.