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Verizon Helps Health Care Combat Identity Theft

Verizon is helping health care organizations avoid identity theft by adding new features and capabilities to its health care identity services. The enhancements will further enable health care organizations to transform patient care delivery, enhance access to care and better manage costs. They will also help  health care organizations transform patient care delivery and enhance access to care as well as better manage costs.

Delivered from the Verizon cloud through the company’s Terremark IT services delivery subsidiary, Verizon Universal Identity Services-Healthcare supports additional health care identity standards for accessing electronic health records and health information exchanges, as well as credentials for electronic prescribing, known as e-prescribing, including prescriptions for controlled substances. The new services also deliver legally binding digital signature capabilities, enabling health care providers to digitally sign patient health information – such as treatment plans, electronic prescriptions, laboratory reports and discharge orders – with strong user authentication and security protections.

Health care providers will be able to access the new capabilities on their smartphones and tablets running on the widely used iOS, Android and BlackBerry mobile operating systems to authenticate their identity.

“Securely and quickly authenticating the digital identity of health care professionals is a key foundational element supporting the electronic exchange of health care information,” said Peter Tippett, vice president of industry and security solutions, Verizon. “By streamlining and strengthening the issuance of health identities, our newly enhanced universal identity service for health care will help boost widespread adoption and act as a catalyst for further transformation of the U.S. health care delivery system.”

Verizon Universal Identity Services-Healthcare, a cloud-based service that provides health care organizations with a cost-effective, streamlined means of issuing  identity credentials, was launched in November 2010.

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