Washington - A third conference in the movement to start a standards-based nationwide health information network (NHIN) is expected to include demonstrations of health information exchange prototypes and discussion of business models.

The NHIN event is scheduled for Jan. 25-26 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, in Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Insurance companies are stakeholders in the NHIN, which will allow patients to manage their own health care records, move the records when they change jobs and share the records with insurers when they buy a policy.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association have agreed to support a common set of standards for the network, according to published reports.

Attendees at the NHIN forum can expect to hear from four consortia that were charged with developing prototype NHIN architectures. The consortia plan to demonstrate their work at the conference. Trial implementations are planned for the coming year.

Presentations on business models are scheduled by public, private, and non-profit health information technology stakeholders, HHS says.

The second forum, held in October, included discussion of architecture, security and confidentiality. The first, which took place in June, included presentations by care delivery organizations, network services and records repositories.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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