Orion Health Submits Comments on Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Draft


Scottsdale, Ariz. – February 27, 2018 – Orion Health has provided public comments showing full support of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)'s Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft guidance. Orion Health believes this framework is desperately needed in the current healthcare environment, where data is housed in siloes across the U.S. with very little sharing. Having an infrastructure in place to aid in the exchange of data will hopefully facilitate the interoperability needed to enable population health and precision medicine improvements.

Orion Health believes that the intent of the ONC and TEFCA is aligned with that of Congress and the 21st Century Cures Act, ensuring the availability of the patient medical record across the healthcare continuum. This capability is critical to the success of healthcare interoperability, future healthcare improvements and reduction in the total cost of healthcare. Interoperability will allow for better investigation of healthcare fraud, create greater collaboration between the provider, payer and research organizations, while devaluing the healthcare record on the black market, thus creating a more secure environment. Though requirements covering patient consent, privacy, matching, and security need to be clarified, the framework for interoperability is critical and should have been created prior to the digitization of the healthcare record.

"Orion Health is fully supportive of the steps the ONC is taking to create a nationwide interoperability framework. Though there are challenges in the initial framework, it is a definite step in the right direction," said Gerard Scheitlin, Orion Health's chief risk officer and vice president of security, risk, assurance & customer excellence.

Orion Health has fully reviewed TEFCA, and the additional questions asked by the ONC. In the structure of TEFCA, Orion Health would be considered a Broker, supplying the technology and security for both HINs and QHINs. To view the full comments, please click here.

Orion Health Media Contact: 
Marcia Rhodes 
Amendola Communications 
480-664-8412 x 15