Secure messaging based on the Direct Protocol may eventually be applied globally because of worldwide interest in health information exchange, some backers say. The protocol incorporates international standards.
The Department of Health and Human Services has released voluntary guidelines for health information exchange that include "trust principles" for security and privacy. Find out about the consumer rights outlined.
A new report by several GOP senators raises questions about the HITECH Act's electronic health record incentive program, including concerns about data security and privacy. But the senators overlook a number of key issues.
Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, sees the exchange of health information as a way to improve care quality. But what's his vision for achieving truly secure data exchange?
Two organizations have received federal funding to support projects, including development of security best practices, designed to pave the way for nationwide health information exchange. Claudia Williams of ONC describes the goals.
The departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense are dropping plans to build an integrated electronic health record system from scratch. Find out why the new approach focuses on interoperability and secure data exchange.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology plans to develop platform options for secure health information exchange, especially among smaller providers. But how soon will the platforms be available?
Farzad Mostashari, who heads the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, told a House panel that the HITECH incentive program is on track to achieve its goals of widespread adoption of EHRs and secure data interchange.
How big of a role did health information exchanges play in providing access to records during Superstorm Sandy, and what lessons can be learned? Federal officials will address these questions, says HIE expert Lee Stevens.