A recent article in HealthAffairs describes a significant decline in the number of both operational HIEs and HIEs in the planning stage from several years earlier. The authors note continuing barriers to broad-based HIE and a shift to vendor-driven exchange which diminishes the effectiveness of community-based networks. In effect, this translates to a shift away from geographic-based/dominated HIEs to product-dominated HIEs. We have already noted (see The Interoperability of Things) the lack of a national strategy on HIE, and ONC’s Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap barely mentions the concept.
By Noam H. Arzt and Michael Berry
It is common practice today to encrypt data at rest, that is, data stored on servers. To build off an old adage, no one ever got fired for encrypting their data. But what protection does that really provide? Is just encrypting data enough?
First, let’s distinguish between three methods for encrypting data at rest.
HLN’s president, Dr. Noam Arzt, participated in a regional meeting in Hawai’i sponsored by the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA). Bringing together Immunization Information Systems managers and staff from the Pacific Islands, this two-day session focused on the unique needs of these island jurisdictions with respect to IIS functionality and interoperability. Dr. Arzt participated as a panelist in a session on successful vendor-client relationships.
HLN delivered several presentations at the 2016 AIRA National Meeting including:
- A presentation on Open Source strategies and issues for IIS
- A presentation with Bill Brand from PHII on successful strategies for IIS sustainability
- A “make your own” session with some colleagues from other projects on CDSi testing issues and strategies (links to follow)
It was truly a great conference. And congratulations to NYC CIR for winning the Center of Excellence award, and Kim Salisbury-Keith from RI KIDSNET for winning a volunteer service award!