As the health care industry moves steadily (if slowly) towards electronic health records systems, measures must be taken to protect patients' privacy rights when it comes to their health information. These measures must extend to the transfer of information between health care providers so that patients trust that privacy won't be compromised.
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology uploaded a document to the Knowledge Network that provides a systematic approach to designing a security architecture that supports and protects the exchange of health care information among providers, payers and consumers. The purpose of the Security Architecture Design Process for Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) document is to help organizations that are developing and implementing Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) ensure that data protection is addressed throughout the HIE development life cycle.
If your health care organization is in the process of creating and using HIEs, use the operating model in this design document to gain an understanding of major regulation and business drivers, define supporting business processes and select technical solutions.
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