51 Percent of Hospitals Plan to Participate in TEFCA HIE Framework

Original Article by ehrintelligence.com
Posted on June 1st, 2023 by Hannah Nelson

Hospitals participating in national HIE networks were more likely to report plans to join TEFCA than hospitals that do not share data with national HIEs.

More than half of hospitals are aware of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) and plan to participate in the HIE framework, according to ONC analysis of American Hospital Association (AHA) survey data fielded through December 2022.

The survey found that 25 percent of hospitals were unaware of TEFCA, and 23 percent were aware of TEFCA but unsure if they would participate.

Only one percent of responding hospitals said that they were aware of TEFCA and did not plan to participate.

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The Sequoia Project, TEFCA’s recognized coordinating entity (RCE), recently published a document to assist qualified health information networks (QHINs), participants, and sub-participants in complying with Common Agreement flow-down obligations.

“This resource, along with others the RCE has published, will save entities interested in joining TEFCA significant time, resources, and legal fees,” Tavernia and Everson wrote.

“In addition, we expect that QHINs, once officially designated, will engage in significant outreach activities, which will also be a means of disseminating information to providers that are currently not aware of TEFCA,” they continued.

The officials also pointed out that they are working with federal and state partners to identify outreach opportunities tailored to underserved healthcare providers.

“ONC, the RCE, and our partners are committed to enabling TEFCA adoption to improve care and care coordination, reduce administrative overhead, expand public health reporting, facilitate emergency preparedness and response, and increase patient access to their healthcare information,” Tavernia and Everson concluded.