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Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI)

The Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI) initiative is a collaborative effort to create and adopt health informatics standards to be used by federal departments such as the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

CHI proposes using standards that would enable a more formal method of information collection and management to ease the transition of the private sector into further interoperability among different health information technology (HIT) systems.

These standards include Health Level 7 International (HL7), the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and SNOMED-CT.

CHI is one of the Office of Management and Budget's so-called electronic government, or eGov, initiatives. It is also a key component of the Federal Health Architecture, an initiative led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), as well as the Nationwide Health Information Network, a set of proposed standards and policies for health information exchange (HIE).

 

This was last updated in October 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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