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Federal Health Architecture (FHA)

The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) is an initiative led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to coordinate the health information technology (HIT) efforts of the nearly two dozen federal agencies that provide health care services. The FHA is led by the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Health & Human Services (HHS) with more than 30 additional participating agencies.

The FHA has been given a three-part mission -- to serve as the single federal voice on national health IT solutions, to help federal agencies invest in standards-compliant technology that supports data interoperability, and to ensure the accountability of federal health IT programs. In doing so, the FHA intends to make it possible for those federal agencies to engage in health information exchange (HIE) among themselves, with state, local and tribal governments as well as with the private sector.

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

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