An integrated social actor and service oriented architecture (SOA) approach for improved electronic health record (EHR) privacy and confidentiality in the us national healthcare information network (NHIN)

Elliot B. Sloane, Gondy A. Leroy, Steven D. Sheetz

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Abstract

The emerging US National Healthcare Information Network (NHIN) will improve healthcare's efficacy, efficiency, and safety. The first-generation NHIN being developed has numerous advantages and limitations. One of the most difficult aspects of today's NHIN is ensuring privacy and confidentiality for personal health data, because family and caregivers have multiple complex legal relationships to a patient. A Social Actor framework is suggested to organize and manage these legal roles, but the Social Actor framework would be very difficult to implement in today's NHIN. Social Actor Security Management could, however, be effectively implemented using Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs), which are rapidly becoming accepted for supporting complex information exchange across heterogeneous information systems fabrics. The Department of Defense is applying SOA to all of its enterprises. It is using customized simulation and modeling tools to achieve security and robustness goals and to reduce the intrinsic design and implementation risks for SOA's complex Systems of Systems environment. This paper integrates all of these approaches into a next-generation NHIN-2 design based on a specific Air Force SOA named MCSOA. This NHIN-2 design uses MCSOA to create Security Management, Service Discovery, and Presence Management agents to implement Social Actor support for improved confidentiality and privacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007
Subtitle of host publicationReaching New Heights
Pages2256-2262
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007 - Keystone, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2007Aug 12 2007

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights
Volume4

Other

Other13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007
CountryUnited States
CityKeystone, CO
Period8/10/078/12/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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    Sloane, E. B., Leroy, G. A., & Sheetz, S. D. (2007). An integrated social actor and service oriented architecture (SOA) approach for improved electronic health record (EHR) privacy and confidentiality in the us national healthcare information network (NHIN). In Association for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights (pp. 2256-2262). (Association for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights; Vol. 4).