Healthcare is in the middle of a major evolution toward digital, personalized medicine and the empowered patient. This massive push toward digital medicine brings about numerous security and interoperability challenges, including a shift in thinking from "supposedly known users" to "secure and trusted identities."
Ongoing regulatory and monetary incentive programs are driving healthcare providers to increase their EHR and E-Prescribing adoption. Additionally, the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is focused on strengthening identity-proofing and authentication of all participants in the healthcare system: providers, staff, business associates, and patients.
With many organizations including HIMSS, AHIMA and CHIME calling for a nationwide unique patient identifier with support from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace's (NSTIC), Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, a trusted digital identity will likely soon be on your IT agenda.
Knowing who is accessing PHI at any point in time is beyond critical to ensure security. How can the healthcare community move closer to making this leap to digital medicine without sacrificing security and confidentiality?