Health information exchange is probably that one thing that keeps hindering healthcare IT. The challenges are in data security and privacy, as well as in multiple operational inefficiencies, which inevitably concern those partaking in sensitive interactions.
There are multiple reasons why assuring PHI (protected health information) privacy remains challenging, but the major one is that there are no uniform architectures and standards to ensure trusted access to PHI and PII (personally identifiable information) and safe data exchange between all stakeholders, including patients.
It hinders patient engagement due to patients’ limited ownership of their health data, hurts care cooperation between providers from different networks, and also back-pedals population health management since caregivers can’t effectively exchange their insights in a secure way.
However, there can be one technology to create a new health information exchange framework and solve related problems: the blockchain technology.