Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Connect update improves health data security

The Connect project has included some of the leading edge standards and technologies in it's latest release. Some of it is the kind of baseline I have been recommending for years (IHE ATNA). Some of this is testing some new concepts, such as consumer preferences and authorizations.
The latest Connect version of Connect also strengthens security by using the same protocols in the interface between the healthcare organization and the Connect gateway that have been used between Connect and the NHIN, Westberg said. These include two-way Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), digital signature, and Security Assertion Mark-up Language (SAML), a standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data.More