Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN)
What is a Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN)?
A Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) is a network of organizations that work together to share data. They connect directly with each other as a way to promote interoperability between the networks they are a part of.
A QHIN is aided by the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which works to create a nationwide system that enables safe and easy healthcare information sharing. However, the success of the TEFCA relies upon the formation of QHINs, as this facilitates data sharing.
How do QHINs improve healthcare?
Increasing data sharing amongst organizations offers many benefits for providers and patients.
First, QHINs serve as a connectivity broker and offer patients and healthcare providers greater access to information. This can improve patient care as the information regarding the patient’s condition follows them to each doctor.
Additionally, QHINs offer patients access to a broader range of healthcare organizations and provider types, providing options for care teams and specialists.
With increased interoperability, healthcare organizations can facilitate better clinical decision-making, decrease costs, and improve patient outcomes.