Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement

Draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), released on April 19, 2019, outlines a common set of principles, terms, and conditions to support the development of a Common Agreement that would help enable nationwide exchange of electronic health information (EHI) across disparate health information networks (HINs). The TEFCA is designed to scale EHI exchange nationwide and help ensure that HINs, health care providers, health plans, individuals, and many more stakeholders have secure access to their electronic health information when and where it is needed.

In January 2018, ONC released the first draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework (TEF Draft 1) for public comment. We thank all those who commented on TEF Draft 1 for their input. ONC reviewed all of the public comments on the TEF Draft 1 and has released an updated draft package for comment. Specifically, we are asking the public to comment on the following three complementary documents:

  • The Trusted Exchange Framework (TEF) Draft 2 — A common set of principles that are designed to facilitate trust between HINs and by which all HINs should abide in order to enable widespread data exchange. These principles are the foundational concepts that guide the development of the Common Agreement.
  • The Minimum Required Terms and Conditions (MRTCs) Draft 2 — These are the mandatory terms and conditions that Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) voluntarily agree to follow. The Common Agreement would include the MRTCs, as well as additional required terms and conditions developed by an industry-based Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE).
  • The QHIN Technical Framework (QTF) Draft 1 — This document is incorporated by reference in the Common Agreement. It details the technical and functional components for exchange among QHINs.

ONC is concurrently issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity to select a Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) to develop, update, implement, and maintain the Common Agreement and the QTF. Entities interested in applying for the RCE Cooperative Agreement must submit their application by June 17, 2019. Read more about the funding opportunity and learn how to apply.

We encourage stakeholders to submit comments on Appendices 1, 2, and 3 of the TEFCA. Comments are due on June 17, 2019. 

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Content last reviewed on May 22, 2019
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