The New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN) will provide the technology infrastructure to facilitate the electronic exchange of patient health information in New Jersey among health information organizations and State health data sources. It is anticipated that NJHIN will be the authoritative method for exchanging health information among health information organizations (HIOs) and State agencies within New Jersey, and the primary vehicle for New Jersey to eventually exchange health information nationally with the eHealth Exchange.
The New Jersey Department of Health contemplates a phased implementation approach for NJHIN to ensure that stakeholder engagement is maintained, that the benefits of HIE are realized early in the implementation, and that those benefits build over time. Phase 1 of the implementation focuses on interconnecting the NJHIN participants with a minimal set of NJHIN core services to establish a secure, trusted partnership. A Certificate Authority and Registration Authority resource, coupled with a web services directory of NJHIN participant nodes, are the minimal services provided.
The diagram below depicts how the HIOs will use NJHIN services to engage in secure health information exchange across their respective communities.