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Did You Know?


New York, Mar 20, 2009

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

ISO Introduces "Pseudonymization" to Protect Privacy in Health Informatics
A newly published technical specification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will help balance the increasing use of electronic processing of patient data in healthcare with intensifying concerns for privacy protection.

ISO/TS 25237:2008, Health informatics – Pseudonymization, provides guidance on the use of pseudonymization services for the protection of personal health information in databases.

Allowing for the removal of an association with a data subject, pseudonymization is a process consenting data to be linked to the same person across multiple data records or information systems without revealing personal identity.

ISO/TS 25237:2008 was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 215, Health informatics. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) serves as the Administrator of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to TC 215.

NIST Seeks Comments on Secure Domain Name System
By providing standards, guidance and testing, computer scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) work to make sure that U.S. web users can surf the 'net safely.

To this purpose, NIST has drafted updated recommendations for the Secure Domain Name System (DNS) Deployment Guide, a guidance document for civilian agencies.

Aiming to enhance DNS security, NIST computer scientists have developed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards to add digital signatures and management procedures to DNS protocols. These additions, called DNSSEC, will let users validate data authenticity and integrity.

NIST welcomes comments from the public by March 31, 2009. Comments can be submitted by email to SecureDNS@nist.gov. To access the document, please click here.

National Fire Protection Association Presents Fire Sprinkler Initiative
With data suggesting that home fire sprinklers, combined with working smoke alarms, can substantially cut the risk of dying in a home fire, there is strong interest in spreading the use of such devices.

In an effort to increase the safety of American households, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has launched the Fire Sprinkler Initiative: Bringing Safety Home, a new web site with resources for the fire industry service and other advocates willing to promote the use of fire sprinklers in their community.

In addition, the site helps interested parties understand the legislative process to get ordinances approved in their communities and allows networking between advocates across the country.

Drainline Transport Chosen as the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition’s First Project
Pursuing research projects for the development of water efficiency and sustainable plumbing products, systems and practices, five industry organizations have recently formed the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC).

Comprised of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and the International Code Council (ICC), both ANSI members and accredited standards developers, as well as the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), and Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI), the coalition has recently identified Drainline Transport as its first research project.

Newer technologies, such as non-water consuming and high efficiency urinals (HEUs), lower flow rate faucets and increasingly efficient water consuming appliances are reducing the amount of water discharged into sanitary waste systems. Yet plumbing experts are concerned that numerous sanitary waste systems, especially in larger commercial structures, are risking to face drainline transport problems.

PERC’s first project - financed through government grants, foundations and private funds - aims to address these concerns.

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