What Health Gorilla’s QHIN™ designation means for the next chapter of US healthcare

I’m thrilled to share a significant milestone in our journey to provide secure nationwide health information exchange: Health Gorilla has been officially Designated as a Qualified Health Information NetworkTM (QHIN) under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common AgreementSM (TEFCA). This designation is a recognition of our commitment to advancing healthcare interoperability and improving patient care through seamless data exchange.

Our team spent yesterday at a signing ceremony in Washington DC with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Deputy HHS Secretary Andrea Palm, National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi, and other federal leaders. Designation is the critical status we’ve been working towards - it recognizes Health Gorilla as stepping up to meet demanding eligibility requirements, terms, and conditions of TEFCASM participation. 

Frankly, this marks a new chapter in the story of national healthcare interoperability. QHINs are integral to realizing the vision of TEFCA, which aims to create a standardized methodology for health information networks to share data nationwide. This is a game-changer for healthcare providers, payers, and most importantly, patients. It ensures that healthcare providers can access a more comprehensive view of a patient's medical history, regardless of where the care was provided. For patients, it translates into better-coordinated care and improved health outcomes. And the entire healthcare community can trust QHINs to provide the most secure means to exchange their data. 

Our role as a QHIN is also very unique. Health Gorilla is the only Designated QHIN that is also a designated Qualified Health Information Organization (QHIO), enabling compliance with California’s Data Exchange Framework. This dual designation as a QHIN and QHIO is unprecedented and highlights our dedication to offering the most robust and compliant pathways for accessing comprehensive patient data.

What exactly does that mean for organizations looking to participate in data exchange? Health Gorilla offers the most holistic approach to data sharing. By serving as a government-designated intermediary for both national and regional frameworks, a single connection to Health Gorilla enables full nationwide interoperability with TEFCA and broadened connectivity and compliance at the regional or local level. This comprehensive access is crucial for informed decision-making in patient care, leading to more accurate diagnoses, effective treatments, and ultimately, better health outcomes. Not to mention, organizations will be set up for a future where incentives may be offered to participate in these frameworks. 

Being named a Designated QHIN is a special moment for our team at Health Gorilla. It's a culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to our vision. This designation is not just a milestone for our company but a significant step forward for the healthcare industry.

We are committed to leveraging this opportunity to drive innovation, enhance patient care, and lead the charge towards a more interconnected and efficient healthcare system. Our journey as a QHIN is just beginning, and we are eager to collaborate with other stakeholders in this space to realize the full potential of TEFCA.

For organizations trying to understand the value of QHINs and TEFCA, and what Health Gorilla offers as a dual-designated entity, RSVP for our webinar on Monday, December 18th.