The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the agenda for their June 29-30 CONNECT Seminar '09 in Washington D.C.
ONC bills CONNECT as the on-ramp to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), a network of networks for health information exchanges, providers, payers, and other stakeholders. NHIN enables standards-based connectivity and information sharing. "The ability to share data electronically among organizations will provide a wide range of benefits to citizens, among them: having up-to-date records available at the point of care; enhancing population health screening; and being able to collect case research faster to facilitate disability claims."
CONNECT is an open source connectivity solution built by 20 federal agencies to securely link their systems to the NHIN. Earlier this year, CONNECT was released to the public including:
"The NHIN Gateway implements the core NHIN services enabling such functions as locating patients at other health organizations within the NHIN, requesting and receiving documents associated with the patient, and recording these transactions for subsequent auditing by patients and others. Other features include authenticating network participants, formulating and evaluating authorizations for the release of medical information, and honoring consumer preferences for sharing their information.
The Enterprise Service Component (ESC) provides default implementations of many critical enterprise components required to support electronic health information exchange, including a Master Patient Index (MPI), Document Registry and Repository, Authorization Policy Engine, Consumer Preferences Manager, HIPAA-compliant Audit Log and others. This component also includes a software development kit (SDK) for developing adapters to plug in existing systems such as electronic health record solutions to turn on information flows to support the secure exchange of health information across the NHIN.
The Universal Client Framework enables development of end-user applications using the enterprise service components in the ESC. "
Speakers at the CONNECT Seminar '09 include ONC head David Blumenthal, CTO Aneesh Chopra, with business and technical tracks delivered by experts on the CONNECT system.