The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT has issued a request for information on establishing a governance mechanism for the emerging Nationwide Health Information Network.

The mechanism will include common rules expressing technical, privacy and security, and business practice requirements to create a consistent trust baseline for stakeholders, according to a PowerPoint presentation from ONC. “In the absence of national guidance, states and other private sector stakeholders/consortiums are beginning to develop state/consortium-unique and potentially conflicting governance approaches to electronic health information exchange.”

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