Data security remains a challenge as interoperability moves closer to reality

True interoperability of patient data has been a goal for decades. But any enthusiasm must be tempered by the security and privacy issues healthcare companies continue to experience.

The promise of open and transparent medical information has moved closer to reality now that the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) has come into effect. TEFCA’s goal is to make patient data accessible, creating a common framework for immediate information sharing. The challenge, however, is how to maintain and assure data privacy and security among so many more application program interfaces (APIs) and connections between data networks.

Accreditation and certification programs that promote standards, best practices, administrative simplification, open competition and protection of information exchange can help keep information safe and users confident in data-sharing networks.

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