ONC Seeking Input on Boosting Health Data Exchange Security

On Wednesday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched a new system for receiving public input on projects aimed at improving secure communication processes for health data exchange, Modern Healthcare reports.

Interested participants can use ONC's Standards and Interoperability Framework wiki to contribute to the Provider Directories Initiative and the Certificate Interoperability Initiative.

Through the projects, ONC aims to solicit suggestions on how health data exchange users can access provider directories and digital certificates to ensure that patient data is being shared between authorized parties (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 5/25).

Previous Work

The Health IT Policy Committee's information exchange work group previously has developed the details of health care provider directories that are meant to aid in exchanging data under meaningful use rules. Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

The directories aim to:

  • Simplify data exchange between health care organizations;
  • Provide information about the participating groups, such as their data exchange capabilities and security credentials; and
  • Offer assistance to Beacon communities and state health information exchanges (iHealthBeat, 12/15/10).

Public input on the initiatives will be used to provide analysis and recommendations to the Health IT Policy and Standards committees (Modern Healthcare, 5/25).

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