IBM developerWorks invited me to write an article that provides a technical overview of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) along with its related sub projects called NHIN CONNECT and NHIN Direct. The article was published today and covers how you can use CONNECT right now to create your own health information exchange (HIE) or connect to an existing HIE. In the article I also discuss NHIN Direct, a new project without immediately usable code yet, which you can use it to push or pull data from your medical systems to other healthcare systems directly (without necessarily going through an HIE).
The article contains the following information:
- Introduction to NHIN
- ARRA and HITECH
- An overview of meaningful use
- MU objectives and NHIN
- Government agencies and participants involved in NHIN
- NHIN basics
- NHIN CONNECT
- NHIN Direct
- Additional Resources about NHIN
Check it out and provide comments and feedback either here or on the developerWorks site.