A workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee, a federal advisory body, is recommending mandated data encryption for one-to-one exchanges of patient data between providers.

One-to-one exchange from one provider to another for treatment purposes--even with no facilitator--must be governed by policies that at least include encryption, limits on identifiable or potentially identifiable information in the message, and identification and authorization of those exchanging the data, according to the privacy and security workgroup recommendations.

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