A large coalition of providers, software vendors, health information exchanges, states and public agencies has launched a program to develop test standards to certify electronic health record and HIE products that use a standardized method for exchanging health information.

The goal is plug-and-play HIE, with initial benefits expected to be seen within nine to 12 months. The initiative will expand work done by the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange, a program within the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT that brought together stakeholders to test a common set of specifications for information exchange.

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