HHS issues nine contracts for nationwide health information network deployment

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded contracts totaling $22.5 million to nine health information exchanges (HIEs) to begin trial implementations of a nationwide health information network (NHIN).

The contracts aim to create a foundation for an HIE so that it can follow patients throughout their lives.

“These trial implementations are taking place in communities across America that are leading the way to healthcare transformation using secure, interoperable health IT,” said Mike Leavitt, secretary of HHS.

Awardees include the following organizations: CareSpark; Delaware Health Information Network; Indiana University; Long Beach Network for Health; Lovelace Clinic Foundation; MedVirginia; New York eHealth Collaborative; North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance; and West Virginia Health Information Network.

The contractors will participate in the NHIN cooperative that will test and demonstrate the exchange of private and secure health information among providers, patients and other healthcare stakeholders.