Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

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Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN): A network that would link disparate health care information systems together to allow patients, physicians, hospitals, public health agencies and other authorized users across the nation to share clinical information in real-time under stringent security, privacy and other protections. Described in the Framework for Strategic Action: "The Decade of Health Information Technology: Delivering Consumer-centric and Information-rich Health Care." As used by Connecting for Health, "(t)he NHIN is the sum of all SNOs. It is a network of networks whose participants agree to the Common Framework

Also see: National Health Information Network

The NHIN gateway will initially connect health care providers at the Defense Department, Veterans Affairs Department, Indian Health Service and Social Security Administration. They will be able to exchange information about their patients and deliver electronic medical records (EMRs) to SSA for disability determinations. Second phase it will be expanded to the public domain. The gateway will reuse technology developed for the National Cancer Institute and the Bidirectional Health Information Exchange and now used by the Military Health System and Veterans Health Administration to exchange medical records.

Also see: CONNECT

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