ONC Pushes Development of HIE Governance Models

Two private-sector initiatives to promote health information exchange received a total of $480,000 in federal grants to collaborate with the government on developing governance models for exchange activities.

Both grants, called Exemplar HIE Governance Program Cooperative Agreements, were for one year. The New York collaborative already has received more than $22.3 million from ONC under a program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to promote statewide health information exchanges.

The ONC will continue to work with both organizations, Claudia Williams, director of the ONC's state health information exchange program, said at a news conference today to announce the grant awards.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS awarded the not-for-profit collaborative DirectTrust $280,000; and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, a coalition spearheaded by the New York eHealth Collaborative, $200,000.

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Source: Modern Healthcare