MedAllies achieves QHIN designation under TEFCA℠ Learn More

Driving the Future of Healthcare Information ExchangeMedAllies is now a designatedQualified Health Information Network™ (QHIN™)

What is a QHIN?

Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) are the “on ramps” to the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement℠ (TEFCA℠) supporting simplified national health information exchange. QHINs are networks of organizations working together to share data. All approved QHINs have undergone a rigorous application and testing process to ensure exchange from any QHIN entry point across all QHINs to any QHIN endpoint. QHINs will connect directly to each other to ensure interoperability between the networks they represent.

Receive information as needed from providers on QHIN, including those connected through Carequality implementers, CommonWell Health Alliance, and eHealth Exchange.


What is TEFCA?

TEFCA was created under the 21st Century Cures Act and comprises two parts: the Trusted Exchange Framework and the Common Agreement. The Trusted Exchange Framework describes the common principles for data sharing, while the Common Agreement is a legal agreement that defines the governing approach, expectations, and rules for the QHINs.

TEFCA’s goal is to establish a universal floor for interoperability across the country by developing the infrastructure model and governing approach for users in different QHIN networks to securely share basic clinical information with each other. Importantly, this would happen under commonly agreed-to expectations and rules – regardless of which QHIN network a healthcare organization participates in.

This new regulation has delivered a unique opportunity for the U.S. healthcare system by creating a universal floor of interoperability that connects providers, public health groups, payers and healthcare consumers. TEFCA’s rules and non-binding principles bring the potential to expand care coordination and interoperability while decreasing delays in patient data exchange – finally delivering on interoperability’s potential to give patients real control over their own health data.

As a QHIN, MedAllies Participant Organizations Can Leverage

  • High-capacity networks to exchange transactions.
  • A Platform that supports all applicable standards, including FHIR, HL7, C-CDA, and IHE Profiles.
  • An Embedded Record Locator Service (RLS) which enables searching the entire nationwide network in real-time to gather comprehensive patient data — not just in a limited geofenced location.
  • Streamlined onboarding and live technical support.
  • A comprehensive security program, ensuring the safety of the MedAllies Platform, participants, and data exchanged.
  • An industry-leading governance program to ensure the highest compliance with industry regulations.
  • Enhanced data usability through MedAllies’ Data Usability Module which is Sequoia’s Data Usability Implementation Guide Version 1 compliant.

And secure the following data exchange benefits:

  • Expanded purposes for the exchange of information.
  • Fewer barriers to connection and greater access to information.
  • Access to a broader range of provider types, health care, and other healthcare-related constituent organizations.
  • Reduced independent connections and their inherent intricacies of data exchanges.