Data Sharing Standards Drafted

Technical Specs for Linking EHRs, Health Information Exchanges
Data Sharing Standards Drafted
A group of state health information exchange organizers and technology vendors has developed a set of technical specifications designed to help ease the secure exchange of clinical information. The specifications are designed to standardize securely connecting electronic health records to health information exchanges.

One set of standards describes how encrypted health information can be transmitted over the Internet. The other describes how a clinician can query an HIE for relevant data for a specific patient.

The EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup leveraged existing Health Level Seven standards as well as technical frameworks from Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise and the practices of some HIEs.

The workgroup, originally formed by the New York eHealth Collaborative, also includes state HIE developers in California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Oregon. Eleven EHR and HIE vendors also participated.

The project "has the potential to advance real-world pilots, implementation and feedback on standards for health information exchange," says Doug Fridsma, director of the office of standards and interoperability at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. ONC is developing a Nationwide Health Information Network governance rule designed to ease exchange of information among HIEs by spelling out guidelines.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

News Editor, ISMG

Anderson is news editor of Information Security Media Group and was founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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