Monday, April 25, 2005

IBM to Test Data Sharing Programs for Health IT

IBM To Test Data-Sharing ProgramApril 25, 2005
IBM officials on Monday announced that they are developing a test system that will facilitate data sharing between hospitals, agencies and patients, AP/Yahoo! News reports. The Interoperability Health Information Infrastructure test project is expected to be functional by the end of this year. The project, which will use "real and doctored data," will connect sites in Rochester, Minn.; San Jose, Calif.; and Haifa, Israel. James Kaufman, research manager at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, said, "Proving that the standards are correct and that the designs will work requires that we stress test such a system." Kaufman said that security will be a top priority, noting, "IBM has a lot of experience in financial data, in creating technology to secure data and to ensure privacy." He added that researchers will test the system to see how it would respond during biological attacks or emerging epidemics (Fordahl, AP/Yahoo! News, 4/25).

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