PRESS RELEASE: The Markle Foundation has teamed with eHealth Initiative to provide workshops on Connecting for Health Common Framework at the eHealth Initiative's Connecting Communities Learning Forum, April 9-11, 2006 in Washington, D.C. at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
  • Travel Scholarships Available!
Contact: Stuart M. Schear
Markle Foundation
Phone: 212-713-7635

WASHINGTON DC USA -- HIT/HIPAA UPDATE NEWS SERVICE (TM) -- MARCH 2, 2005: We know you may be creating or working on an information-sharing network or exchange.

That's why we have organized workshops in Track 6 on implementing Connecting for Health's Common Framework at the eHealth Initiative's Connecting Communities Learning Forum & Exhibition in Washington, DC.


Based on the newly published Connecting for Health Common Framework, the workshops will share ideas about how you can protect patient privacy, while exchanging health information. The workshops will focus on how you can accomplish this with a set of essential common technical and policy standards, while using any hardware and software. Connecting for Health, a private-public collaborative of more than 100 organizations, is led and managed by the Markle Foundation.

  • Carol Diamond, MD, MPH, Chair, Connecting for Health; Managing Director, The Markle Foundation, kicks off workshops at Keynote April 10, 2006
  • Workshops will be offered in Track 6 on Monday, April 10 - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
  • Held in cooperation with the eHealth Initiative's 3rd Connecting Communities Learning Forum & Exhibition

Technical, legal, and policy experts will provide practical advice about:

  • Policies for designing health information-sharing networks or organizations
  • Common elements of health information exchange architecture
  • Achieving private and secure information exchange without central databases
  • Using a Record Locator Service to identify the location of patient records
  • Model contracts and template materials
  • Building community trust in information exchange
  • Implications for doctors and consumers
  • Learning from experiences of other regional networks
  • Anticipating and overcoming implementation challenges

Registration information is available at


If the cost of travel is a barrier to attending these workshops, please contact Josh Lemieux of Omnimedix Institute at for travel scholarship information.

Please make your hotel reservations and register now for early-bird registration for the Third Annual Connecting Communities Learning Forum and Exhibition 2006!