HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology kicked off a new process today to receive public input on a project meant to improve secure communications protocols for health information exchange.
ONC wants input on provider directories for data sharing
The Provider Directories and Certificate Interoperability Initiatives aim to give ONC advice on creating ways to access a proposed set of provider directories and digital certificates that parties to an exchange of patient records can use to ensure those records are going to and coming from the intended, appropriate authorized parties.
The preliminary initiatives will focus on "developing an analysis of the issues related to complying with digital certificate requirements for exchanging data with federal agencies," according to an e-mailed notice from the ONC.
The product of the initiative will be analysis and recommendations for submission to the federal chartered Health Information Technology Policy and Standards Committees. Persons interested in participating can register online at the ONC's Standards and Interoperability Framework wiki.
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