Lead Institution: Vanderbilt University
Project Leader: Mark Frisse
Focus of the research/Market need for this project
We hypothesized that the creation of policies from a suite of published policies expressed in both prose and formal logic would support adoption of consistent and enforceable policies among institutions. This library can be a resource for policy authoring, for policy improvement, and for policy harmonization.
Develop a policy library composed of federal, state, and institutional policies represented in prose and expressed in our policy authoring environment as the basis for policy modeling and authoring that can support other efforts as well as this research.
Key Conclusions/Significant Findings/Milestones reached/Deliverables
Institutions (e.g., academic medical centers, hospitals, health systems, clinically integrated networks, accountable care organizations) develop policies for use and disclosure of personal health information based on review and assessment of, and experience with enforcement of, applicable federal laws, state laws, licensing requirements, and accreditation requirements. Other factors, such as the institution’s sense of the risk of variable interpretation of requirements, the institution’s overall risk adverseness, and the institution’s experience with various forms of health information exchange, may also influence its policies. If institutional policies serve as the front line gatekeepers for information exchange, greater policy consistency across institutions should facilitate appropriate exchange. State-wide, broad-based, multi-stakeholder (regulators, providers, vendors, patients, etc.) consensus on specific rules of the road required by current statutes and rules, expressed in the form of logical models, is expected to facilitate development of mutually consistent and enforceable institutional policies.
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Materials Available for Other Investigators/interested parties
Policy Library materials are available through https://policyforge.org/. They are currently provided in the following PolicyForge projects: Federal Policies, Library – State Laws, and Library – Institutional Policies. Within each project, Policy Library materials are located in two areas. Policy Text entries provide statutory and regulatory language. Some of the Policy Text entries are also annotated with ontology elements. Policy Resources provide links to policies, policy analyses, and implementation resources.
Once users register for policyforge.org, they may access these “public” projects to view the library material. They may also create their own projects. In order to copy and paste library material from a public project into a new project, it’s currently necessary to request to join the public project through the project’s home page.
Market entry strategies
PolicyForge: A Collaborative Environment for Formalizing Privacy Policies in Health Care
Andras Nadas, Laszlo Juracz, Janos Sztipanovits, Mark E. Frisse, and Ann J. Olsen
Software Engineering in Health Care (SEHC), 5th International Workshop, May 2013