Verizon will grant 2.3 million medical professionals free identity credentials for its health information exchange.
Business has announced that it will issue medical identity credentials to 2.3
physicians, medical assistants and nurse practitioners for free beginning in
January to access the company's health information exchange.
the 2009 HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical
Health) Act, health care exchanges must require stringent identity credentials
beginning in mid-2011 to share and access electronic health
credentials will allow doctors and clinicians to access medical data via the
Verizon Medical Data Exchange through a secure, private inbox. The inbox is
part of Verizon's Healthcare Provider Portal, which it has added to the
exchange. The portal allows medical data to be exchanged among applications,
doctors and individual users, according to Steve Archer, senior manager of
Verizon's Innovation Incubator Group.
electronic credentials, doctors would need to exchange medical records and
discharge orders via faxes and paper, Archer told eWEEK.
they haven't gone through credentials, they'd get a fax with a onetime username
and password and information on how to get into the exchange, and the offer to
retrieve that information electronically," he explained.
obtain access to the portal by entering data such as a username, password and
software token. Credentials help eliminate the spread of fraudulent medical
currently maintain multiple credentials for various medical facilities,
according to Archer. "Doctors have 17 different credentials they're trying
to maintain," he said. "If you compound that challenge by doing
multifactor authentication on top of that, it can be a burdensome process."
on Nov. 17, Verizon's credentialing service will allow medical professionals to
use a single identity for multiple health IT applications.
Verizon Medical Data Exchange is interoperable with multiple data sources and
standards. It can move files of 2GB or less electronically among health care
Oct. 14, Verizon
expanded the types of data that can be exchanged
to include X-rays and lab
credentials comply with NIST (The National Institute of Standards and
Technology) Level 3 authentication restrictions.
the credentials, medical professionals can access EHRs, e-prescribing services
and HIEs (health information exchanges) such as the Verizon
Health Information Exchange
, which pulls patient data from multiple
the credentialing service will be free for individual doctors, Verizon will
charge a fee for applications and businesses such as hospitals.
authentication will involve a random four-digit PIN creating an identity
string, which would have to be recognized by the data exchange. Other exchanges
will have an easy transition to access Verizon's exchange, Archer noted.
can redirect the same way you do today and redirect an authentication request
to our platform," he said.
Verizon exchange will comply with 14 or 15 form factors, according to
Verizon, the challenge in creating the credential process has been
affordability, Archer noted. "Getting the credentials out to the masses
has been a very expensive endeavor," he said.
come up with a new way of issuing credentials that still meets all of the
requirements and can do so at much lower cost. It's really been an important
move for Verizon and our identity practice as a whole."