Certification Program Helps Safeguard Patient Data

Healthcare data longs to be free, but forces inside and outside healthcare still prevent the open exchange of protected health information (PHI).

One of the biggest challenges remains disparate information systems and the electronic health records (EHR) that all speak different languages, resisting easy translation from one platform to another. The industry is continuing to address the issue of proprietary vendor software, and therefore the lack of interoperability. Privacy and security regulations such as HIPAA also prohibit the unauthorized exchange of data and mandate protection from accidental or intentional release of PHI.

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