DirectTrust created an initiative to review and develop standards that could facilitate a voluntary patient credentialing and matching system.
The initiative will form the Privacy-Enhancing Health Record Locator Service Ecosystem standard, which will define a model that either the private or public sector could deploy to ensure secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of health information, the not-for-profit alliance said Monday.
The group will identify and analyze existing standards while also forming new standards that improve record locators' privacy—and regulate interactions between identity providers, electronic health record systems and health information exchanges and networks.
"Managing identity and health information interoperability in healthcare is a special problem unlike other identity and identifier topics," said Scott Stuewe, DirectTrust president and CEO, in a news release. "To be useful as a mechanism for assembling a longitudinal health record, a system also needs to enable access to the locations where records are available for the individual."
The initiative's standards could include a low-cost record locator and patient identifier service shared across participating providers to support patient-matching success, DirectTrust said in its news release.
Identity providers would issue credentials and enable access to the common identifier service so patients can access their own records from various healthcare locations using a single credential.