The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has been released to the National E-Health Security and Access Framework (NESAF) this week, providing a toolkit for the industry on how to protect patient information.
"The framework released acknowledges that it is essential to preserve the integrity and protect the confidentiality of personal health information and personally identifiable information, while balancing the need to support improved and unhindered healthcare," NEHTA CEO Peter Fleming said.
According to the authority, the framework has been built based on international and local security standards. It is intended to help organisations as they design, implement and operate e-health products, providing guidance on:
- Controlling and monitoring access to personal health information as it passes through different organisations in the industry
- Ensuring that personal health information has been created by a verifiable trusted source, and remains valid as it is transferred.
The framework was developed with consideration to input from clinical, consumer, policy, privacy and technical experts, NEHTA said.