Earlier this year, Verizon Business introduced its cloud-based health information exchange (HIE), a service that allows physicians and other health care providers to store, manage and exchange patient information. Now the company has taken another step to make health information exchange easier: offering free medical identity credentials to 2.3 million U.S. physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
These identity credentials — which will be offered beginning in January — will give U.S. health care professionals a single, secure point of access to a variety of health IT platforms, including electronic health records, e-prescribing services and health information exchanges. Providers can use the credentials to exchange health information via the Verizon Medical Data Exchange, using a secure, private inbox and a Web-based physician portal. The credentials will meet the Level 3 authentication requirements created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Verizon says it has issued and managed tens of millions of identity credentials for hundreds of businesses and governments around the globe, and is using that experience to help make health information exchange a reality. The company is “lowering the barriers to compliance and adoption by providing health care professionals with a universal means to access virtually any system, anytime, anywhere. We believe this is a significant step forward for health IT,” said Peter Tippett, vice president of innovation and technology.
Verizon Business also is providing data network services for the Department of Health & Human Services.