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Health Information Technology Standards and NIEM

The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) team has recently dedicated resources to advance alignment between NIEM and the standards commonly used for health information technology (HIT) exchanges. This may also include support for fostering a health-oriented inter-disciplinary community of interest to help guide and potentially govern Health Domain data model content in NIEM.

With the adoption of NIEM at all levels of government, there is a growing and unmet demand for clinical health elements to be exchanged outside the typical hospital/clinician setting. For example, domains such as justice, human services, and emergency response have an increased need to standardize the handling of healthcare elements and information. However, the HIT standards are often distinctly different from those found in the NIEM.

FHA is developing a strategy for using health-related content to support cross-domain information exchanges, and would like your input. If you or one of your colleagues has created a NIEM-based exchange using health elements, or has identified the need to do so, they need to hear from you. Please share your experience or use case.

There is a kick-off call for this community-driven activity scheduled for October 10th from 2-3pm EST.

To register for the the kick-off call and learn more about the effort, please visit