Health Gorilla is approved for onboarding as a Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN).

On February 13, 2023, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra recognized Health Gorilla for achieving operational, privacy, and functional requirements to exchange health data nationally under TEFCA.

OUR VISION

Health Gorillaā€™s QHIN application was approved by The Sequoia Project.

Once QHINs are fully implemented, if designated, Health Gorilla will act as a connectivity broker to enable nationwide data exchange for an expanding set of healthcare organizations, supporting permitted purposes such as Treatment and Individual Access Services to begin with, and future additional use cases such as Payment, Health Care Operations, Public Health, and Public Benefit Determination.

The application approval allows Health Gorilla to proceed further through the QHIN designation timeline. When fully designated, individuals and health care organizations will be able to connect to Health Gorillaā€™s QHIN and exchange health information in compliance with TEFCA.

Health Gorilla's QHINĀ application has been approved

Pre-Application Phase
Application Submission
Application Review
Application Approved
Designation and Post-Production Testing
Production QHIN Exchange

Health Gorilla is approved for onboarding as a QHIN

Health Gorilla has become one of the first companies to have their application approved to become a Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN). The approval was announced by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra at a celebratory event in Washington DC.Ā 

In 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act called for the establishment of a Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) that specifies a floor for universal interoperability across the United States. Through the new network of federally designated QHINs, healthcare organizations will be able to easily connect and exchange health information securely on a nationwide basis across the United States. With the application approval, Health Gorilla successfully fulfilled the governance, functional, and operational requirements for application approval to serve as a QHIN under TEFCA, moving forward in the process toward official designation later this year.

Once QHINs are fully implemented, if designated, Health Gorilla will act as a connectivity broker to enable nationwide data exchange for an expanding set of healthcare organizations, supporting permitted purposes such as Treatment and Individual Access Services to begin with, and future additional use cases such as Payment, Health Care Operations, Public Health, and Public Benefit Determination.

Our Team helped establish the infrastructure for U.S. interoperability

Since beginning our pursuit of a QHINĀ designation, we have assembled a team of interoperability experts who have held leadership roles at ONC, Carequality, CommonWell Health Alliance, The Sequoia Project, and more.

Dave Cassel
SVP of Operations, former Executive Director of Carequality
Steven Lane, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, The Sequoia Project Board of Directors, HITAC Committee
Jitin Asnaani
Board member, former Executive Director of Commonwell

What Health Gorilla would offer as a QHIN

Health Gorilla is committed to supporting legal, functional, and technical requirements for those health information networks certified as QHINs.

As a Health Gorilla QHIN participant, organizations would be able to leverage:

  • High capacity networks to broker the exchange of transactions
  • A flexible platform that supports a broad range of standards, including FHIR, HL7, C-CDA, and IHE Profiles
  • Streamlined onboarding and robust technical supportĀ 
  • Future products to support upcoming exchange purposes
  • A comprehensive security program, ensuring the security of the Health Gorilla Platform and participantsĀ 
  • An industry-leading governance program to ensure the highest level of compliance with industry regulations

What are the benefits of data exchange through a designated QHIN?

  • Expanded purposes for exchange of information
  • Fewer barriers to connection and greater access to information
  • Access to a broader range of provider types and health care organizations
  • Decreases in one-off connections and reduction in the intricacies of data exchanges

What are the proposed exchange purposes for the Common Agreement?

Treatment
Payment
Health Care Operations
Public Health
Benefits Determination
Individual Access Service

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