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Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN): Trial Implementations

HHS Awards Cooperative Agreements for additional participants in the Trial Implementations of the Nationwide Health Information Network

The second year of the NHIN will focus on trial implementations through state and regional health information exchanges. The products of the first years work will provide guidance for these trial implementations.

  • A request for proposals for Trial Implementations was posted in June 2007. ONC awarded contracts to 9 health information exchanges (HIEs) to begin trial implementations of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) on September 28, 2007. (Press Release)

  • The NHIN Trial Implementations awardees will participate in a collaborative effort, the NHIN Trial Implementations Cooperative, to further specify the common interfaces that NHIN Health Information Exchanges (NHIEs) need to interoperate. Awardees will test their ability to work together in a cooperative interoperability testing event and will demonstrate real time information exchange based upon the NHIE specifications at the end of the first contract year (September 2008).

  • Once created, the NHIN Health Information Exchange (NHIE) Specifications and related testing materials will be placed in the public domain to stimulate adoption.

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