IBM wins deal to secure e-health records

IBM wins deal to secure e-health records

Summary: The National E-Health Transition Authority has picked IBM to design and build the National Authentication Service for Health, an authentication service for its e-health records roll-out.

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The National E-Health Transition Authority has picked IBM to design and build the National Authentication Service for Health, an authentication service for its e-health records roll-out.

The deal, worth $23.6 million, will see the provider create a system by 30 June 2012, which will use public key infrastructure and secure tokens such as smart cards to provide an authenticated service so that healthcare personnel and providers can exchange e-health information including referrals, prescriptions and personally controlled electronic health records.

"It is critically important that when our doctors and nurses use e-health systems they know that they are sending and receiving communications to and from the right people," Health Minister Nicola Roxon said.

"This system will put in place strong access control mechanisms for [personally controlled electronic health records] so that patients will be able to grant access to their information — and be able to track which providers have accessed their records."

"This program will benefit over 600,000 Australian doctors, nurses and allied health providers, and accelerate the delivery of smarter healthcare across the entire healthcare system," said IBM Australia and New Zealand managing director Andrew Stevens.

The National Authentication Service for Health will meet the standards of the National e-Authentication Framework, the Gatekeeper PKI Framework and the National Smartcard Framework managed by the Australian Government Information Management Office, according to Roxon's office. IBM is also providing a software development kit so that existing healthcare systems and deployments will be able to integrate with the service.

Topics: Health, IBM, Security

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  • Lets hope this turns out better than the IBM project to do the Queensland Health payroll.
    Steve123-b6932
  • Also just look at their track record and securing the Victorian Police files. They have sent records to unauthorised persons by email, sent them to wrong person, allowed the incorrect police officers to obtain access, poor recording of access and for the clincher they are stored at a tier one site even though they tell Everone it is a tier 3 level. They don’t even own the data centre it is leased and because the IBM contract is so bad they only got what they had to be given.
    gototbesaid
    Gottobesaid
  • The intention behind this is not to help anyone. The goal should be to increase the availability of medical services, which means of qualified doctors and nurses, for public health.
    seanolearyoz
  • IBM cannot secure our records, because our personal data is repeated ad infinitum throughout many systems over which they won't have any control. This is only going to protect the eHealth interface, and even that level of protection can only be modestly effective. If we want genuinely secured records of any type then we need to be implementing Project ERNA (see erna4aus.weebly.com).
    kennetl3