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Liberty's federated identity standards, along with its privacy and business guidelines, offer a holistic approach on Identity Management. Security, confidentiality, and interoperability are three key aspects being addressed, and are all necessary components for deployments in a distributed healthcare environment. Our specifications have been built to support secure participation across multiple platforms, and are based on requirements gathered by organizations representing several vertical industries. Open to the public, our Health Identity Management Special Interest Group is focused on providing a forum for interested members to discuss healthcare trends, challenges and solutions.

Additional eHealth Resources

Liberty's Health Identity Management Special Interest Group has been active in the eHealth scene globally. Several resources are available here for you to better understand our interest in this space:

In early 2005, we participated in a response to a request for information from the US Liberty Healthcare Department of Health and Human Services, submitting a Liberty response as well as a collaborative response.

Our work with HIMSS and other healthcare organizations has been ongoing, and is marked by presentations such as this: Liberty Presentation at HIMSS Feb 2006 .

eHealth Workshops help us to collaborate with other organizations and provide an opportunity for us to introduce and encourage Liberty Federation in Healthcare.

We've demonstrated interoperability across multiple vendors to show federation and identity web services solutions in the healthcare market. More information can be found in these documents:
Liberty Federated ID in Healthcare Handout
Liberty Federation and Identity Enabled WS in Healthcare

eHealthcare In the News:

Article: Consumer Alert - Stealing Your Health

Additional Resources

Federation in Healthcare, HIMSS Feb 2006

Liberty Federated ID in Healthcare One Page Handout from HIMSS 2005

Liberty Federation and Identity Enabled WS in Healthcare - Sun, Symlabs, Medcommons

The Catalan Health Service has implemented an ePrescription project, which is up and running in a real production environment based on Liberty standards. This presentation explores the implementation, project goals, and strategies pursued to make this a successful, private, and secure deployment.

Mobile Deployment Workshop 3GSM 2007: Identity Federation in the eGovernment Field, Including ePrescription Project
Presented by Ignacio Alamillio of Agencia Catalana De Certificacio
The Catalan Health Service has implemented an ePrescription project, which is up and running in a real production environment based on Liberty standards. This presentation explores the implementation, project goals, and strategies pursued to make this a successful, private, and secure deployment.

Industry executives say user-centric federation is the next big thing in identity technology. User-centric federation aims to give individuals greater control of their digital identities. For example, a corporate user logging on to an employee Web portal with a password may not be aware that the system is transferring authentication data via federation to an outsourced travel services provider.

Feb 19
The next big thing: User-centric identity
Government Health IT >

There’s only one thing people guard more closely than information about their money: information about their health. That’s why in health care, as in the financial world, identity management is the Holy Grail of health care administration. Identity management is the ability to authenticate links between people and their records, and it typically involves simple chores such as password management. Most identity management products provide features such as single sign-on, which grants access to multiple applications with one password. The alternative would be to assign users numerous passwords that they might forget or hide under their mouse pads.

Feb 19
Health care’s hall pass: Red-hot federated and user-centric ID management schemes promise to authenticate people and paperwork in health care’s increasingly fragmented business world
Government Health IT >

Federated identity management lets individuals use the same authentication method — user ID and password, for example — to access resources housed in more than one entity. In this approach, a user is authenticated at one organization. Authentication data regarding that user is then transferred to the organization’s business partners, who rely on that data when granting access to applications. The data passed among partners for authentication purposes is called an assertion. Security Assertion Markup Language provides an Extensible Markup Language standard for exchanging assertions.

Feb 19
Federated ID: How It Works
Government Health IT >

Healthcare industry players, given regulatory drivers and a keen focus on privacy and security, have recognized the advantages of Liberty-based solutions.

Healthcare

Case study presentation by Geisinger, detailing how they are improving patient care and overall costs through implementing federated solutions

MEDecision offers collaborative health care management solutions to a variety of partners. It currently partners with key portal vendors to make information available to members and providers, with significant expansion expected over the next few years. In this presentation, Chris Sharp details the importance of leveraging a good SOA design to create reusable components, allowing greater access while assuring absolute privacy of information.

Aetna Enhances Secure Provider Portal with SSO and SAML 2.0