Health Care Orgs To Collaborate on Data Exchange, Security Issues

On Tuesday, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center announced a new agreement to collaborate on security, Healthcare IT News reports.

Under the memorandum of understanding, the two organizations will work together on initiatives that aim to improve risk mitigation, response and recovery after HIPAA breaches, given the rise of data breaches in the health care industry (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 1/26).

In addition, the groups will work to “accelerate the adoption of secure, identity-validated health information exchange via the Direct standard, in support of Stage 2 meaningful use transitions of care and patient engagement,” according to the release. The groups also will work to identify ways to use the Direct standard for secure and encrypted health data exchange (EHNAC release, 1/26).

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