Federal Health Architecture (FHA)


In response to The President's Management Agenda, which calls for an increase in efficiency and the effectiveness of government operations, the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) was born. The FHA, managed within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in association with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, and the Department of Veteran's Affairs, is responsible for three things; the first of which is to support the government in the creation and adoption of National Health IT standards. Also, the FHA will identify federal resources that would contribute to the creation of a National Health IT Infrastructure. This will lead FHA board members down the right path toward their ultimate goal of ensuring that all governments in the United States (Federal, State, Local, and Tribal) can seamlessly exchange health information amongst one another along this network. To date (March 2008), the FHA Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI) Team has developed and adopted more than 30 health IT standards with 5 recommendations still being looked at.


FHA contributes to the President's health IT plan through:
  • Input: A coordinated federal voice and collaboration on national health IT solutions.
  • Implementation: Providing implementation and planning guidance to federal agencies for standards-compliant health IT investments in support of interoperability.
  • Accountability: Ensure accountability for health IT activities in the federal space to advance interoperability.
(Borrowed from http://www.hhs.gov/fedhealtharch/index.html on March 16, 2008)

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*This image was created by the FHA to visually represent the Interoperability system set in place.

Web Resources:

FHA Homepage

E-Gov FHA Site

FHA: An Interview With Kathleen Heuer, HHS

Government Computer News: FHA