TEFCA QHIN Announcement Live Stream

When: Monday, February 13, 2023
Time: 11:00 – 12:30 pm ET

On Monday, February 13, HHS will recognize the first set of applicant organizations that are approved for onboarding as Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) under TEFCA. Following this approval, the organizations will officially begin the onboarding process and, if successful, will be designated as QHINs. At this event, HHS Secretary Becerra will recognize these organizations for their willingness to voluntarily step up and meet the demanding TEFCA eligibility requirements, terms, and conditions of TEFCA participation. These organizations committed to meeting a 12-month go-live timeline.

The event will be live-streamed at https://hhs.gov/live on February 13.

The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, also known as TEFCA, outlines a common set of principles, terms, and conditions to support the development of a Common Agreement that would help enable nationwide exchange of electronic health information (EHI) across disparate health information networks (HINs). The TEFCA is designed to scale EHI exchange nationwide and help ensure that HINs, health care providers, health plans, individuals, and many more stakeholders have secure access to their electronic health information when and where it is needed.

ONC Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE)

The Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the Common Agreement component of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The Common Agreement is the baseline technical and legal requirements for health information networks to share electronic health information and is part of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).

In addition they will collaborate with ONC to designate and monitor Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN), modify and update an accompanying QHIN Technical Framework, engage with stakeholders through virtual public listening sessions, adjudicate noncompliance with the Common Agreement, and propose sustainability strategies to support TEFCA beyond the cooperative agreement’s period of performance.