Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Trust is THE Challenge for Health Information Exchanges

Patient privacy was a hot topic at a discussion on Health Information Exchanges (HIE) at the recent HIMSS 2012 Virtual Conference.
"What is a major challenge, of course, is the trust model – how do we understand to whom we're sending, and to whom we're requesting?." - Chris Chute, MD, a principal investigator for the Southeastern Minnesota (SE MN) Beacon Community
Imagine the scenario of a healthcare worker who requests records via a health information exchange (HIE) for the medical records of a celebrity or politician or his estranged sister-in-law from their care providers. Who's to know whether he is making a legitimate request or that he is snooping with bad intent? Who's to know which requests are legitimate and validated?

And in an emergency "time is tissue" as an ER doctor once told me. Should an HIE put up barriers that delay life saving information? Would this require a "break glass" option? Clearly, there will always be questionable record request and HIPAA data privacy breach detection will be needed to analyze requests and proactively identify suspicous requests.
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Sources:
(a) Q&A: Beacon leaders discuss IT's role in care revolution - Healthcare IT News, June 22, 2012

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