The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is inviting comments on a governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network under the HITECH Act. ONC seeks input on a range of topics, including: creation of a voluntary program under which entities that facilitate electronic health information exchange could be validated on conformance to certain ONC-established “conditions for trusted exchange” (CTEs); the scope and requirements included in the initial CTEs; processes for updating CTEs, and a process to classify the readiness for nationwide adoption and use of technical standards and implementation specifications to support interoperability-related CTEs. The comment solicitation is being issued in anticipation of the development of a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish such a governance mechanism. ONC is accepting comments until June 14, 2012.