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ASTM PS101

Provisional Standard Guide on Security Framework for Healthcare Information

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Organization: ASTM
Publication Date: 4 December 1997
Status: inactive
Page Count: 10
ICS Code (IT applications in health care technology): 35.240.80
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1. Scope

1.1 This provisional guide covers a framework for the protection of healthcare information. It addresses both storage and transmission of information. It describes existing standards used for information security which can be used in many cases, and describes which (healthcare-specific) standards are needed to complete the framework. Appropriate background information on security (and particularly cryptography) is included. The framework is designed to accommodate a very large (national or international), distributed user base, spread across many organizations, and it therefore recommends the use of certain (scaleable) technologies over others.

1.2 Electronic information exchange and sharing of data in has been the backbone of industries such as financial institutions for several years. Cost cutting measures and a real need for sharing of information are driving healthcare services toward increased use of computer-based information systems. One of the requirements for the ability to share and exchange healthcare information is that the information be protected.

1.3 Selection of standards was performed using the following criteria, which are described in more detail in 4.2.

1.3.1 Security requirements are defined in this framework, and (in some cases) in additional ASTM guidelines.

1.3.2 ASTM standard specifications are used to define protocols and message formats in support of interoperability.

1.3.3 Existing standards will be reused or extended whenever possible.

1.3.4 This framework does not address policy issues. ASTM Subcommittee E31.17 is writing standards that address these issues.

1.4 Provisional standards achieve limited consensus through approval of the sponsoring subcommittee.

Document History

ASTM PS101
December 4, 1997
Provisional Standard Guide on Security Framework for Healthcare Information
1. Scope 1.1 This provisional guide covers a framework for the protection of healthcare information. It addresses both storage and transmission of information. It describes existing standards used...

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