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What is The Federal Health Architecture (FHA)?

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The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) was a Line of Business (LoB) initiative with the intention of uniting government decision-makers to better collaborate on the advancements in health IT. The FHA Line of Business initiative sunset in September 2019, but some of its components remain active. 

The Stated Purpose of The FHA

The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) LoB was established in 2004 to improve inter-agency collaboration across 20 federal agencies focused on health IT. Health IT aims to improve health information exchange (HIE) and improve the quality, speed, timeliness, and cost of patient care.

A primary goal of FHA was to encourage nationally-recognized standards and policies associated with health information exchange (HIE) systems and processes for federal healthcare agencies across the United States. The agencies pertaining to the FHA included the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Social Security Administration.

The Components of Federal Health Architecture (FHA)

The FHA LoB is no longer active as of September 2019, but its three primary components were as follows, some of which remain active in another format: 

  • CONNECT: An open-source software developed to improve health information exchange (HIE) at the national level. The CONNECT software is not archived, but artifacts remain available on the MAX government website. 
  • NEIM Health Community of Interest: A community designed to improve standardization in how health data is securely collected, stored, and accessed. NIEM remains active in healthcare. 
  • FHIM: The Federated Health Information Model, which was designed to standardize terminology and processes across specialties and institutions. The FHIM is now The Open Group. 

NIEM and The Open Group now operate independently, carrying forward with the standardization plans of the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) in a more focused and streamlined manner. 

How TempDev Can Help With Interoperability

TempDev’s team of experienced consultants, developers, and trainers are here to support enhanced accessibility, as well as customized features and templates. This enables you and your patients to have more control over data with improved transparency. 

As part of our streamlining process, we help you implement the Patient Portal, API, and other tools to better support safety, patient engagement, and security. We also help improve interoperability between health systems, including the implementation of best practices. From dashboards to automation and workflow redesign, TempDev offers the comprehensive resources and tools you need to ensure compliance. 

Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to improve the interoperability of your system.

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