Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI)- one of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) eGov initiatives. CHI is a collaborative effort to adopt health information interoperability standards, particularly health vocabulary and messaging standards, for implementation in federal government systems. It allowed them all to "speak the same language". About 20 department/agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran's Affairs are active in the CHI governance process.

CHI Model
CHI Model
CHI standards will work in conjunction with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) transactions, code sets, security and privacy provisions. The United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) provides a focal point for access to the CHI designated standards.

In Phase I, which ended May of 2004 CHI adopted 20 uniform standards for electronic exchange of clinical information to be used across the federal health enterprise.

In Phase II CHI is focused on implementing adoption standards, the maintenace of the adopted standards, identifying and adopting of new standards.
            • CHI is an integral element of the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Program that is in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

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