Truestone vice president contributes to health information exchange
January 20, 2011
Truestone, LLC, announced today that its Vice President of Federal Civilian Services, John Sankovich, contributed to "Health Information Exchanges: Missing Pieces," an article addressing technical issues in the storage, sharing, and use of digitized medical records. In December, the article was posted on Information Week Analytics.
The article, written by Information Week's Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, addresses issues related to developing regional Health Information Exchanges (HIE). Some issues include funding, data security, data topology, privacy, and system acceptance. To date, more than 200 HIEs have been launched in the U.S. Many have been funded by earmarks in the federal stimulus plan to develop statewide HIEs.
Among systems, compatibility remains an issue. Sankovich shows that steps are being taken at the federal level to help. One source is "Connect 3.1," the federal government's initiative that provides free, open source software that supports the exchange of healthcare data. Connect supplies the tools needed to plug into the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) -- a framework the federal government is developing that provides standards, services, and policies to enable secure sharing of health data over the Internet.
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