Simon says he has a new identity system

Simon says he has a new identity system

Summary: Assuring the identity of doctors for transferring records and tests is a market with a crying need, and with a pot of gold awaiting whoever can deliver a solution.

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Sun's open source executive suite is being broken up faster than the Atlanta Hawks and for the same reason -- losing.

The old names are putting on new uniforms, joining new teams, saying the right things about the new bosses, even when they are the same as the old bosses.

It's the open source version of the off-season. Since it's summer we can't call it the Hot Stove League. Maybe we should call it the Iced Tea League.

Few moves were anticipated as much as that of Simon Phipps (above). You might call him the Joe Johnson of Sun open source. So far he has gone all Matt Asay on us with a blog, and announced he is joining the open source identity company Forgerock.

Forgerock's business is the old OpenSSO identity server from Sun, now dressed up as the I3 platform under the CDDL license previously pioneered by Sun. Forgerock says they rescued the code from oblivion. Oracle apparently still has the copyrights. (Ruh-roh.)

Forgerock is organized for serious authentication, says Phipps, whose initial interviews have me wondering whether he knows what industry he is targeting. So let me help with two words.

Health care.

The NHIN service, launched last year using open source components like Glassfish, is currently being taken apart and put back together, in Washington, under the rubric of NHIN Direct. The original model was a private network with central control. The new model is a set of protocols running on the Internet.

One of those protocols has to be identity. Essentially the plan is for "Health ISPs" to guarantee the identity of each party to a data transfer. You're Doctor X, you're Doctor Y, we encrypt the package and audit the data transfer.

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) would still connect major medical systems using heavy-duty protocols and rules, but the Health ISPs would serve doctors and clinics, most of whom are getting broadband anyway so they can create Electronic Health Records (EHRs) under Software as a Service (SaaS).

All this will be paid for with what I like to call sweet, sweet stimulus cash, approved in 2009 as the HITECH Act. Payments to doctors and hospitals will be under meaningful use rules now undergoing a final review, and the first set of standards must be met during fiscal 2011, which starts in October.

Assuring the identity of doctors for transferring records and tests is a market with a crying need, and with a pot of gold awaiting whoever can deliver a solution. So, Simon, leave the blogging to me and start making some phone calls.

Topics: Security, Open Source

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  • RE: Simon says he has a new identity system

    How many IDs does Simon think doctors (and, by the way,
    other health care providers!) need? I mean, there are
    already state board license numbers, DEA numbers, and
    NPI numbers. The NPI was designed to be almost
    universally acceptable by insurance companies, hospital
    billings, and review processes.
    I don't think another identification number will be acceptable, especially by the AMA.
    wizard57m-cnet
    • RE: Simon says he has a new identity system

      @wizard57m@... That is really a big question. Google's servers are the heart of Google's business. And it has long been a FEATURE, a FEATURE, not a LOOPHOLE, that one could privately modify the GPL code they use to run their business. Of course web applications are obviously SaaS. But where does one draw the line between those applications and the servers that host them? For example, take an insurance company running open source on their back end servers. At some point they decide to put a customer facing front end on those servers so that customers can access their accounts over the Net. Does that suddenly make that whole kaboodle Saas? If so, I am not sure I am comfortable with AGPL. In fact, I am not sure I am comfortable with this concept anyway since it undercuts one of the few provisions that make GPL software highly attractive to businesses that are not engaged in reselling the software itself. It really compromises the spirit of the GPL in some ways
      arabaoyunlari
      • RE: Simon says he has a new identity system

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  • RE: Simon says he has a new identity system

    All this will be paid for with what I like to call sweet, sweet stimulus cash, approved in 2009 as the HITECH Act. Payments to doctors and hospitals will be under meaningful use rules now undergoing a final review, and the first set of standards must be met during fiscal 2011, which starts in October.<a href="http://ipadbagblog.com/"><font color="white"> a</font></a>
    zakkiromi