Verizon’s Universal Indentify Service (UIS) for healthcare recently received an upgrade, allowing for secure access to electronic health records and health information exchanges on smartphones running Apple OS, Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry.

A health information exchange (HIE) securely automates the transfer of health-related information stored in multiple organizations, while maintaining the integrity of the data. An HIE also provides access to and retrieval of patient information to authorized users.  In fact, in some states, organizations have been created that provide technology, governance and support for HIE initiatives.

This news is great for providers who want to be able to securely access patient information from their smartphones.  Since security is of such high importance, access to the information is only provided with correct medical credentials.

“What the managed service does at the highest level is ID proofing, proofing that you are who you say you are, Tracy Hulver, director of products and marketing for Verizon’s Identity Solutions group, told eWEEK. Doctors can use Verizon’s security credentials to access e-prescribing applications and authenticate their identity using Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices.”

Verizon didn’t stop there, adding new features in the UIS such as digital signatures for treatment plans, discharge orders, and electronic laboratory reports.

“In addition, Verizon has added an ID Message Center to allow physician practices to sign documents digitally and log in securely to EHRs and HIEs using a mobile application or Web portal. Through Message Center, doctors can see which user actions are pending, accepted, rejected or expired.”

These enhancements provide a compelling service to organizations looking for a cloud-based authenication service.

Cloud-based authentication systems can save costs for a health care practice, compared with housing authentication hardware, according to Hulver. Health care practices can also reduce the costs of identity theft by using the service, according to Verizon.

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