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Integrated State Health Information Systems

Techniques & Technology

Assuring Confidentiality


Deborah Chollet, Alpha Center.


David Cochran, M.D., Associate Medical Director for Clinical Practice Systems, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), Brookline, MA.

Lyndalee Korn, Senior Systems Engineer, TRW, ESD Systems Integration Group, Sunnyvale, CA.


Robert Gellman, Privacy and Information Policy Consultant, Washington, DC.

This panel reviewed implementation options and issues related to maintaining confidentiality inintegrated health information systems from both the public and private perspectives.

Dr. Cochran indicated that one of the goals of his organization is to address consumer concerns. Workshop participants viewed excerpts of a filmed focus group which demonstrated that the fears and concerns of consumers are real and strongly held. Dr. Cochran also explained the importance of communicating to staff that privacy protection is a priority.

Ms. Korn extensively reviewed current software and hardware options for guarding confidentiality.

Both presenters discussed the development of access policies and information ownership issues, as well as specific resources (e.g., encryption, firewalls) for implementing privacy policies.

Additional Resource

National Health Information Infrastructure:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a comprehensive knowledge-based network of interoperable systems of clinical, public health, and personal health information to improve decisionmaking by making health information available when and where it is needed


Under contract to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the Alpha Center assisted in planning and conducting this workshop.

Current as of July 1997

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Internet Citation:

Integrated State Health Information Systems. Workshop Summary, July 9-11, 1997. User Liaison Program, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD.

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