For Patient - Provider Secure Messaging
In January 2007, the American Health Information Community (AHIC) approved a recommendation to develop the Patient - Provider Secure Messaging Use Case that addresses cross cutting AHIC priorities. AHIC is a federally-chartered advisory committee and provides input and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on how to make health records digital and interoperable, and assure that the privacy and security of those records are protected, in a smooth, market-led way.
This use case has been developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), with opportunities for review and feedback by interested stakeholders within both the public and private sectors. To facilitate this process, the use case was developed in two stages:
ONC would like to thank you for your participation in the development of the Patient – Provider Secure Messaging Use Case. Your feedback has been invaluable. This use case will play an important role in advancing the national health IT agenda.
ONC distributed a draft detailed use case and requested feedback in February 2008. These activities resulted in approximately 101 feedback items from 12 organizations. Feedback has been incorporated into the applicable sections of the Detailed Use Case.
If you are interested in receiving a summary of the dispositioned Draft Detailed Patient – Provider Secure Messaging feedback, please send an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Feedback Disposition Requested" in the title. The disposition summary will include the feedback received from all organizations and individuals. In the circumstance where the submitter was anonymous, the submitter will be identified as "Anonymous" in the disposition summary.
The detailed use case is available for download:
Thank you again for your sharing your views and/or the views of your organization.
Use Case Team - ONC
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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