File Transfer Application (FTA):

What is the File Transfer Application (FTA) and when should it be used?

FTA is an application allowing a user to securely transfer a file (Excel, Word, PDF, etc.) from one email user to another.  It is the File that is secured, rather than the text of the email. This should be used for transferring confidential or sensitive information as indicated in the policy below but not for general file attachment use.


The FTA is a companion process to support compliance of the Electronic Messaging of Individual Identifiable Patient and Other Sensitive Information policy IM 10-30.15 to assist in secure file transfer.


Note - According to the 10-30.15 policy -  Use of secure messaging via the StarPanel message basket system is the preferred mode of electronic messaging among and between VUMC clinical staff and faculty about a specific patient.


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