Patient privacy – Fourteen pilot programs created

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will fund tests for health information systems developed by HealthKey, a collaboration of five nonprofits, BW Healthwire reported June 28.

The grant of $1,726,212 will be used to set up fourteen pilot programs that will test the capacities and security of Public Key Infrastructure, a cryptographic system designed to protect the privacy of its users.

The goal of the project is to provide tools that will allow the secure electronic exchange of health information, Elizabeth Ward told Healthwire. Ward is the chief executive officer of the Seattle-based Foundation for Health Care Quality, which is the grant recipient and administrator. Responsible privacy and security practices are fundamental to health care today, she added.

The five organizations in the Healthkey program are: Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, Minnesota Health Data Consortium, North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Utah Health Information Network, and the Community Health Technology Alliance in Washington state.

The Robert Wood Johnson foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the largest health care charity in the U.S.

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