The California Trusted Exchange Network is a critical component of California’s strategy for statewide, inter-organizational health information exchange. It combines a multiparty data sharing agreement, a common set of policies and procedures, and a lightweight technical infrastructure to create a trusted environment for safe and secure sharing of health information.
Who Is on the CTEN?
|California EMS Authority||8/18/2017|
|RAIN Live Oak HIE and Telemedicine Network||8/1/2014|
|San Diego Health Connect||8/1/2014|
|San Joaquin Community HIE||3/18/2016|
|Santa Cruz HIO||8/1/2014|
More information on CTEN participants and the types of exchange they conduct on the CTEN is available here.
Joining the CTEN
The CTEN is designed to be more efficient, more agile, and more flexible than national networks while remaining compatible with them. Unlike most other networks, the CTEN allows its participants to define the method and technical standards they will use to share health information. To join the CTEN:
- Review obligations for trusted statewide exchange on the CTEN found in the CalDURSA and CTEN policies
- Identify transactions of interest used by current CTEN Participants, or describe a new transaction
- Complete a CTEN Application
More detail is available on the complete CTEN Onboarding Process (coming soon), or send email to email@example.com schedule an introductory call.
Cost of Participation
Onboarding to the CTEN for CAHIE members is $4,000 if using the MMPA, $5,000 if not using the MMPA. Onboarding for nonmembers is $10,000.
CAHIE currently bears the cost of operating the CTEN. Beginning January 1, 2018, participation fees to offset these costs will be $250 quarterly for CAHIE members, $500 quarterly for nonmembers.
- CTEN Onboarding Process (coming soon)
- CTEN Application for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations
The CTEN is governed by a common set of policies and procedures maintained by the California Interoperability Committee (CIC), a committee of the CTEN participants. See our Events page for a schedule of monthly CIC meetings which are open to all.
California Data Use and Reciprocal Support Agreement
The California Data Use and Reciprocal Support Agreement (CalDURSA) is a multi-party data sharing agreement that establishes common policies, procedures, and operational practices necessary for trusted statewide health information sharing in California. More information on the CalDURSA is available here.
The CalDURSA is compatible with the DURSA maintained by The Sequoia Project, allowing organizations to easily participate in both the CTEN and eHealth Exchange. It is also designed to work well with the Model Modular Participants Agreement (MMPA), a model agreement between HIOs and their exchange participants used by several California HIOs. If you are interested in adopting or developing a participant agreement that is compatible with the CalDURSA, consider starting with the MMPA.
CTEN Policies and Procedures
Unlike other trust frameworks, the CTEN is generalized to support any transaction that shares health information for purposes of treatment, payment, or health care operations.
See CTEN Policies and Procedures for a listing of the current policies and procedures describing how the CIC performs its duties, the obligations of CTEN Participants, and the procedures for onboarding to the CTEN.
Who Has Signed the CalDURSA?
|Parties to the CalDURSA|
|California Association of Health Information Exchanges|
|California Emergency Medical Services Authority|
|North Coast Health Information Network|
|RAIN - Live Oak HIE and Telemedicine Network|
|San Diego Health Connect|
|Santa Cruz Health Information Organization|
|San Joaquin Community Health Information Exchange|
|UC Davis Health System|
|Signatories Soon to Onboard|
|California Department of Health Care Services|
|Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES)|
More details about the California Trusted Exchange Network are available at:
- CTEN Onboarding Process for more information on how to join the CTEN (coming soon)
- CTEN Policies and Procedures for details on the policies and procedures governing the CTEN
- CTEN Specifications for the technical specifications used to share health information on the CTEN
- CTEN Validation Testing to join in a transaction on the CTEN
Or send a message to the CTEN Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an introductory meeting or for help with any of the onboarding steps.