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Health and Technology Leaders Tackle Challenge of Managing Consumers' Identities in Web-Based Personal Health Tools
Date:1/24/2008

id Work Group member Donald Simborg, M.D., a leading voice in electronic health information standards. "We must study and better measure the reliability of various methods of consumer authentication. We strongly recommend more research in this area from both government and the private sector."

The group notes that even today's most commonly used method -- in-person identity proofing -- has not been subject to stringent reliability testing. The absence of sound testing data makes it difficult to evaluate the relative benefits or drawbacks of innovative approaches. The Work Group calls on the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in collaboration with other interested agencies, to study current identity-proofing practices to help set benchmarks.

The paper further emphasizes the need for ongoing monitoring to detect fraud and to strengthen trust across entities sharing data based on the consumer's authorization.

A copy of the full paper can be accessed at http://www.connectingforhealth.org.

About Connecting for Health

Connecting for Health (http://www.connectingforhealth.org) is a public-private collaborative with representatives from more than 100 organizations across the spectrum of health care stakeholders. Its purpose is to catalyze the widespread changes necessary to realize the full benefits of health information technology (HIT), while protecting patient privacy and the security of personal health information. Connecting for Health is continuing to tackle the key challenges to creating a networked health information environment that enables secure and private information sharing when and where it's needed to improve health and health care. Connecting for Health is led and operated by the Markle Foundation with additional financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. '/>"/>

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