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Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN): Scope of Activities

Core Services
Priority Areas (Use Cases)

In addition to core HIE services, the American Health Information Community (AHIC) work groups recommended a series of topics for uses cases that represent priority areas for the NHIN to advances.

The four NHIN Prototype Architectures were included core services and three AHIC priority areas/use cases:

  • Consumer Empowerment - Registration and Medication History
  • Electronic Health Record - Laboratory Result Reporting
  • Biosurveillance - � Connecting Clinical Care to Public Health

The NHIN Trial Implementations will each implement the core services and several new AHIC priority areas/use cases shaped the scope of the NHIN:

  • Emergency Responder-Electronic Health Record
  • Consumer Empowerment-Consumer Access to Clinical Information
  • Medication Management
  • Quality
  • Personalized Healthcare
  • Public Health Case Reporting
  • Response Management
  • Remote Consultation
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Referrals and Transfer of Care

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