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National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)

National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a national program supported by the federal government, to connect communities of people who share a common need to exchange information in order to advance their missions. The goal is to establish standards and best practices for intergovernmental information exchange so that practitioners at all levels of government can share accurate, complete, timely and appropriately secured information to enable informed decision making. NIEM establishes common vocabulary to ensure consistency and understanding among domains that may not have collaborated in the past. NIEM operates collaboratively through domain-specific communities of interest, who work to specify and define specific data exchanges.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is the steward of the NIEM Health Domain. ONC is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) to establish the governance processes for the NIEM Health Domain.