The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace aims to help consumers pay for services such as health care more securely and avoid identity theft.
guidelines issued by the White House on cyber-security could provide an impetus
for secure online bill paying in health care, according to health care industry
Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
presented by the White House
provides direction on how to protect consumers and businesses from identity
theft and fraud in online transactions by creating an identity ecosystem.
the ecosystem strategy, consumers would maintain their anonymity during
transactions by providing one piece of information, such as age, but not name,
address, birth date or other information.
rapid and vastly positive changes that have followed the rise of online
transactions-like making purchases or downloading bank statements-have also led
to new challenges," President Obama wrote in the strategy document.
"Few have been as costly or nerve-wracking for businesses and families as
online fraud and identity theft."
new infrastructure would bring choices for consumers, according to a blog
by Howard A. Schmidt, cyber-security coordinator and special assistant
to the president.
part of the infrastructure, cell phones might incorporate a "digital
credential" that would allow consumers to perform financial transactions
by entering a short PIN or password.
could also choose among their health care provider, financial institution, email
service or other organization for their identity management service, he said.
health care, patients could log in to their health care bill-pay service using
cell phones, key-chain fobs or smart cards, Schmidt suggested.
envisions a private sector-led effort to create a new infrastructure for the
Internet, built on interoperable, privacy-enhancing and secure identity
credentials," Schmidt said.
Information and Management Systems Society) were among those in the health care
industry who provided comments to the Obama administration on cyber-security
issues before the strategy was released.
NSTIC policy could aid the medical banking industry as consumers use the Web to
pay for medical services, according to Lisa Gallagher, senior director for
privacy and security at HIMSS, which runs a medical
that helps financial institutions collaborate with health
identity scheme could be useful when patients pay for health services with a
credit card, she said.
it outlines is a strategy for general identity protection in the realm of
e-commerce," Gallagher said. "In health care, we see that type of
transaction becoming more and more common."
consumers to have more control over their identity in e-commerce is a key part
of NSTIC, she explained.
NSTIC guidelines, issued by President Obama on April 15, come as more health
care financial transactions move online, in addition to EHRs (electronic health
records), according to John Casillas, senior vice president for
HIMSS' Business-Centered Systems and Medical Banking Project.
are emerging as a primary stakeholder as we move to electronic business
transformation in health care," Casillas told eWEEK. "The industry
that is extremely invested in cyber-security is banking."
infrastructures created for HIEs (health information exchanges) will benefit
from the identity management strategy, he said.
is likely that as we move to more of an electronic health care state, that the
banking and financial institution methodologies will be deployed to make that
digital ecosystem as safe and secure as possible," Casillas said.