Health Gorilla’s Pursuit of a Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) Designation

Health Gorilla has announced our intention to become one of the first designated QHINs* in the U.S. under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).

OUR VISION

Health Gorilla will be applying to become one of the first Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN) under TEFCA

Being designated as a QHIN* will enable Health Gorilla to expand on the interoperability solutions that we already have in place with our suite of industry-leading APIs and software products that power fundamental healthcare workflows and secure exchanges of data.

As a QHIN, Health Gorilla will securely exchange data with other QHINs, connect our existing and future participants to a robust healthcare network, and partner with Health Information Networks (HINs) that will be required to connect to and exchange data with QHINs.

How We Prepared for our QHIN Designation

For the last five years, Health Gorilla has operated successfully under the constantly evolving federal regulations for health IT. We have built a robust and secure health information exchange platform and we are one of the only organizations with membership in CommonWell, Carequality, and eHealth Exchange, which has and will continue to benefit health care providers, the rapidly growing digital health community, and other QHINs. While our team offers a suite of interoperability solutions, it's two of our flagship products that satisfy the exchange purposes included in TEFCA.

The first is Patient360, which is available as a web-based application or through our FHIR-based clinical APIs. Patient360 supports a diverse set of clinical use cases and satisfies the treatment, payment, health care operations, benefits determination, and public health exchange purposes by allowing the entire healthcare ecosystem to seamlessly access and exchange data.

Our other product, which addresses the individual access purpose, is Patient Access. Patient Access enables individuals to securely access their comprehensive health records using IAL-2 compliant methods and allows them to share their electronic health records (EHR) with providers or other trusted organizations via our mobile app or API-integrated product.

We were an early adopter of FHIR, and have built a FHIR-native data platform with substantial analytical capabilities that is compliant with FHIR R4 profiles to ensure scalable medical record retrieval. Our library of APIs and software products that power fundamental healthcare workflows and data exchange scenarios enables an easy “on-ramp” to the national exchange of data and makes Health Gorilla uniquely positioned to apply to become a QHIN.

*No organizations are currently "designated" as QHINs under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) model. However, Health Gorilla intends to go through the formal qualification process as those requirements and the application process are finalized.

What are the proposed exchange purposes for the Common Agreement?

Treatment
Payment
Health Care Operations
Public Health
Benefits Determination
Individual Access Service

What are the Benefits of Data Exchange Through a Designated QHIN?

  • Expanded exchange purposes for flow of information
  • Fewer barriers to connection and greater access to information
  • Increased access to a broader range of provider types and health care organizations
  • Decreased number of one-off connections and reduced intricacies of data exchanges
Additional Resources

About QHIN, TEFCA, and 21st Century Cures Act

In an effort to make this information more widely available and understandable we have created a set of documents to help the healthcare community understand and navigate the changes coming.

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