HID Global, a worldwide provider in trusted identity solutions, shared its expertise in electronic prescriptions at this week’s opioid policy hearing that was conducted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). HID is urging policymakers to address the opioid abuse crisis in the United States by linking electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) with prescription drug monitoring program databases. Electronic prescriptions of painkillers (opioids), such as oxycodone, morphine and methadone, will help modernise public health practices. The country’s opioid abuse crisis creates a demand for a new level of trust to be injected into the entire process of doctors’ prescribing painkillers. E-prescriptions with digital certificates would accomplish this goal. HID’s electronic prescription solution “Electronic prescriptions for controlled substances would greatly reduce fraudulent prescriptions, doctor shopping and, ultimately, the opioid abuse epidemic,” said Brad Jarvis, Vice President of IAM Solutions with HID Global.Benefits of electronic prescriptions include automated tracking, improved risk assessments, increased efficiencies and better communication “We believe that electronic prescriptions would curb the over-prescribing of opioids and prevent the highly addictive drugs from falling into the wrong hands. People’s lives will be saved.” Additional benefits of electronic prescriptions include automated tracking, improved risk assessments, increased efficiencies and better communication. EPCS transactions that are digitally signed by prescribers with digital certificates are non-reputable and secure from the prescriber through to the pharmacy that fulfils the prescription. Prescription drug monitoring program “Some electronic healthcare record applications have the ability today to pull state prescription drug monitoring program data at the time of an EPCS transaction, making prescription monitoring program compliance simpler for providers while exponentially increasing the effectiveness of these programs,” said Jerry Cox, a subject matter expert on digital certificates within HID Global’s IdenTrust business. Cox testified at the FDA’s Opioid Policy Steering Committee meeting in Silver Spring, MD earlier today. HID’s IdenTrust business supplies digital certificates, which are used in electronic prescription transactions, among a wide range of other applications. IdenTrust is recognised by government agencies, global financial institutions and corporations around the world. IdenTrust products enable organisations to effectively manage the risks associated with identity authentication, work interoperable with countries around the world, minimise investment in creating their own policies and legal frameworks, and ensure trust in the identity of a person or thing. Recently, HID’s IdenTrust business was recognised as the fastest-growing certification authority in the world.
The certificates give the necessary identity proofing to ensure that consumers can confidently engage with their care providers Secure identity solutions IdenTrust, part of ASSA ABLOY Group company HID Global, is participating in a program to make it easier for healthcare consumers in the US to share their personal health information with medical professionals via secure email. Through the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) launched by collaborative non-profit association DirectTrust, patients and healthcare consumers will be able to share their health information with medical staff at hospitals, offices, and clinics with greater confidentiality. This is enabled through the use of digital certificates, some of which are supplied by DirectTrust member IdenTrust. Ensuring confidentiality The certificates are an integral component of P4PP, as they provide the necessary identity proofing to ensure that consumers can confidently engage in two-way digital communication with their care providers without having their privacy compromised, which according to DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, is a growing demand. “IdenTrust digital certificates add trust to communications containing sensitive personal information, making it possible for patients to share health care information with both ease and the confidence that their privacy is protected,” Kibbe says. Individuals in the US who join P4PP will have access to DirectTrust’s nationwide network of 58,000 health care organisations. They can also take advantage of Direct exchange, which enables simple electronic health information exchange similar to regular e-mail, with added encryption and identity assurance for additional privacy protection. Increasing patient and family engagement Jerry Cox, Director, Business Development with IdenTrust, says that making it easier for patients to access their health information via secure, electronic means is also central to the US government’s efforts to increase patient and family engagement. “IdenTrust’s participation in the new DirectTrust P4PP reinforces our commitment to making trusted communications of health care information possible,” Cox says. “In addition, it supports the strategy set forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to enable and drive adoption of Health Information Exchanges.” Save
IdenTrust joins DirectTrust P4PP allowing consumers to securely share health information with professionals IdenTrust, part of HID Global - a provider of secure identity solutions, announced it is a participant in the new DirectTrust Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) that aims to make it easier for patients and healthcare consumers to securely share personal health information with medical professionals at hospitals, offices, clinics, and other locations via secure email. IdenTrust digital certificates are an integral component of the programme, which leverages a secure, identity-assured email network to remove the cost barriers and complexity that can make it difficult for patients and consumers to confidently engage in two-way digital communication with their care providers. Secure health information exchange DirectTrust is a collaborative, non-profit alliance of more than 150 health IT and healthcare provider organisations that have joined forces to support secure, interoperable health information exchange via the Direct message protocols. IdenTrust digital certificates provide the necessary identity proofing with EHNAC-DirectTrust accredited healthcare information service providers to ensure the security and privacy of the communications within the Partnership for Patients Program. “There is a growing demand by patients and consumers to be able to access their health information and communicate with their healthcare provider electronically, without fear that their privacy is being compromised," said DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. "IdenTrust, as a member of DirectTrust and participant in the Partnership for Patients Program, provides digital certificates which add trust to communications containing sensitive personal information, making it possible for patients to share healthcare information with both ease and the confidence that their privacy is protected.” "IdenTrust’s participation inthe new DirectTrust Partnershipfor Patients Program reinforcesour commitment to makingtrusted communications ofhealthcare information possible" DirectTrust Partnership for Patients Program Individuals who join P4PP will have access to DirectTrust’s nationwide network of 58,000 healthcare organisations. They can also take advantage of Direct exchange, which enables simple electronic health information exchange similar to regular email, with added encryption and identity assurance for additional privacy protection. “A cornerstone of nationwide efforts by the U.S. government to increase patient and family engagement is to make it easier for patients to access their health information via secure, electronic means,” said Jerry Cox, Director, Business Development with IdenTrust. “IdenTrust’s participation in the new DirectTrust Partnership for Patients Program reinforces our commitment to making trusted communications of healthcare information possible. It addition, it supports the strategy set forth by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC’s) to enable and drive adoption of Health Information Exchanges (HIE).” The Partnership for Patients Program was launched at the recent ONC Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Save Save