NHIN Forum

Last week, HHS sponsored a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Forum. The NHIN will be the backbone of the Nation’s developing electronic medical records system. 500 people attended (the admission charge was only $50). Government HIT magazine reports that the attendees had a lot of questions and comments. The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics will be considering these comments as it develops a privacy and security oriented requirements document for the NHIN over the summer. In addition, four HHS-contracted consortia — are developing and assessing different NHIN models. For what it’s worth, I have been most impressed by the Connecting for Health Common Framework model developed in partnership with CSC. For more details, Oracle has created a NHIN Watch.