First of all, AHIC had four areas of focus:
- Consumer Empowerment - Make available a consumer-directed and secure electronic record of health care registration information and a medication history for patients.
- Chronic Care - Allow the widespread use of secure messaging, as appropriate, as a means of communication between doctors and patients about care delivery.
- Biosurveillance - Enable the transfer of standardized and anonymized health data from the point of health care delivery to authorized public health agencies within 24 hours of its collection.
- Electronic Health Records - Create an electronic health record that includes laboratory results and interpretations, that is standardized, widely available and secure
- Accelerate and coordinate current AHIC interoperability initiatives including standards harmonization and certification of health IT;
- Prioritize stakeholder requirements for nationwide health IT interoperability;
- Advance the harmonization of technology standards and policies, including those to protect confidentiality, privacy, and security;
- Oversee and facilitate the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN – a network-of-networks), including necessary governance and/or accreditation of participant organizations;
- Advance the certification of products, network participants, and/or operations