The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement℠ (TEFCA℠) by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) aims to create a national backbone of organizations with record location capabilities, called Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) that will connect to each other to improve nationwide data exchange. Companies looking to connect to the nationwide network proposed by TEFCA will have the opportunity to join one of these Designated QHINs. CommonWell has applied to be one of them and is currently going through the testing phase. TEFCA aims to create a single on ramp to clinical data exchange, so that health care organizations can participate within a QHIN and get access to clinical data across all of the QHINs in TEFCA.
CommonWell has been building and scaling a nationwide health data exchange network using a highly efficient Record Locator Service since 2013. With more than 70 health IT member companies, ongoing collaboration with the ONC, and a scalable infrastructure CommonWell is fully prepared for the next phase of interoperability.