[KI-LC] Kantara Initiative & eCitizen Foundation announces kick-off of Patient ID Service (PIDS) pilot

Dervla O'Reilly dervla at kantarainitiative.org
Tue Mar 1 11:25:32 EST 2011

Patient Identity Service Delivers Privacy-enhancing Patient Control of  
Health Information – putting the Patient at the Center of their own  
Health Care Using New Technologies

Piscataway, NJ – March 1, 2011 – Kantara Initiative and the eCitizen  
Foundation are pleased to announce the kick-off of the Patient ID  
Service (PIDS) project. The PIDS project is an effort to develop a new  
patient identity information architecture that will put patients at  
the center of their own health care. The project will work to help  
patients secure access to their doctors and medical records through  
health information networks like the new Nationwide Health Information  
Network. The project will be conducted by the eCitizen Foundation in  
collaboration with Kantara Initiative’sHealthcare Identity Assurance  
Work Group (HIA WG). Additionally, this project will benefit from  
strong multi-national stakeholder support within the Kantara  
Initiative community.

Thanks to strong support from the OpenID Foundation of Japan (OIDF- 
Japan) and funding from Kantara Initiative, the eCitizen Foundation is  
well poised for completion of Phase One (planning) of this project on  
behalf of the HIA WG.

Phase Two of this project will be an implementation of a patient  
identity service using the identity architecture developed in Phase  
One. This implementation will serve as an open model for all,  
especially in the development of Health Information and Health Benefit  
Exchanges and in the adoption of Electronic and Personal Health  
Records. Incorporation of such a patient identity service by existing  
and new service providers will provide patients with a necessary tool  
to protect their privacy and securely access their health records.

Providers will benefit as the patient identity service enables meeting  
“Meaningful Use” requirements such as Patient Access mandated under  
recent federal statutes that will be used as a basis for incentive  
payments to health care providers. The service will allow patients to  
request and receive medical records from their doctors, a key  
requirement for compensation under the new federal law.

In the proposed Use Case, an example patient, a student from State A  
away at college in State B, needs health care for a condition  
initially treated at home in State A. While at college, the patient  
needs to seek follow-up or related treatment from a provider in State  
B. Previous medical records will help in the new treatment and reduce  
overall costs for treatment. The patient will request medical records  
from the home-state provider, receive the records in a personal health  
record, and share that information with the new provider in State B.

According to John Fraser, CEO of ApeniMED (formerly MEDNET), and one  
of three co-chairs of the HIA WG managing this project, “This project  
will help patients more securely communicate with their doctors and  
other providers to improve patient care and to solve one of the new  
federal requirements for doctors. I look forward to working with my  
other co-Chairs, Pete Palmer of SureScripts, and Rick Moore of eHealth  
Ohio, to further this important service to support patients and  
providers using the emerging Nationwide Health Information Network.”

Shingo Yamanaka, Executive Director of OIDF-Japan, said “User Centric  
Personal Data Exchange is a key component of the next generation  
society, and we see that emerging OpenID ABC standard will be an  
important enabling piece of it. We very much look forward to the  
architecture arising from this project to feed back to the spec  
development process.”

Organizations who would seek to assist eCitizen, OIDF-Japan and  
Kantara Initiative to advance this project should contact Joni Brennan  
with interested inquiries.

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