Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Provider Authentication Recommendations

Earlier this week, the HIT Policy Committee approved the recommendations of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team for provider authentication. The purpose is to support the exchange of clinical information among providers, especially in connection with meaningful use. The goal is to establish a trust framework for information exchange between the clinical systems of each provider.  This is accomplished through digital credentials at an organization level, not at a person level.

The Tiger Team recommended that all organizations that exchange health information should have digital certificates. This includes: "covered entities, business associates, PHR providers, public health entities, PBMs, retail pharmacies, DME suppliers, labs, imaging centers and non-providers including payers, claims clearinghouses and HIOs". The Tiger Team outlined at a high level the requirements for credentialing and the process which will involve multiple credentialing agencies nationally. It was recommended that the HIT Standards Committee establish standards for digital certificates.

EHR's should be certified based on the ability to "retrieve, validate, use, and revoke digital certificates that comply with standards". Authentication would be required for the exchange of personally identifiable health information and when the sending and/or receiving identities must be verified.

Provider Authentication Recommendations - Privacy and Security Tiger Team - 2010-11-19

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I believe , that we curently have Authentication Technology in the Market place, to enabled the Deployment of NHIN. And as new Authentication Technologies become available, we can also deploy them.

Every efforts must be made to Deploy HIT Solutions, and provide the appropriate Training now.

IT HIT is properly Deployed, it will enabled this Nation, to realized a Cost Savings of around 20-30% of our Annual National Healthcare Expenditures (2009, $ 2.5 trillion).

Please See: www.nationwideherinteroperability.blogspot.com

Gadema K. Quoquoi
President & CEO