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NIST Unveils Funding Opportunity for Federated E-Health Identity Mgmt Ideas

electronic-health-record-EHRThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a solicitation for proposals on identity management technology that can help providers and patients to view electronic health records with a single credential.

Mike Garcia, acting director of NIST’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, wrote in a blog entry posted Thursday the agency will back a pilot project to demonstrate a federated ID platform intended to simplify and secure EHR access from multiple healthcare organizations.

The potential 18-month, $1 million funding opportunity is open to hospitals and healthcare systems.

Garcia noted the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will help NIST evaluate applications for the initiative and support project implementation.

He quoted Rose-Marie Nsahlai, an IT security specialist at ONC, as saying promoting the adoption of federated authentication credentials is part of the agency’s Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.

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