The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced more than $9 million in grants for five pilot projects that aim to develop technology to improve the online identification of individuals for health care purposes and other uses, Modern Healthcare reports.
About the Grants
The grants stem from a White House program called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 9/21).
The five grant recipients will pilot tools designed to increase the security of online transactions, prevent identity theft and increase consumer control over the sharing of their personal data (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 9/21).
NIST awarded one of the grants, totaling nearly $2 million, to San Francisco-based Resilient Network Systems "to demonstrate that sensitive health and education transactions on the Internet can earn patient and parent trust," according to a statement from NIST.
The statement adds that Resilient plans to accomplish this goal by "using a trust network built around privacy-enhancing encryption technology to provide secure, multifactor, on-demand identity proofing and authentication across multiple sectors."
Resilient is conducting the project in partnership with several groups, including:
- ActiveHealth Management;
- American College of Cardiology;
- American Medical Association;
- National eHealth Collaborative; and
- The San Diego Beacon eHealth Community (Modern Healthcare, 9/21).