Thursday, February 28, 2013

Health on the go


Healthcare data is going mobile. At the Mobile World Congress this week, Orange and Morpho are announcing a self-described "world first" identity management system for the healthcare sector.

Orange, through its healthcare service subsidiary, Almerys, and Morpho (Safran), a world leader in identity management solutions jointly created this system, which enables secure access to patient data anytime, anywhere, on any device.

A test run is currently underway at Clermont Ferrand University Hospital Center in France, and it will be demonstrated this week in Barcelona.

In terms of set-up, the system uses SIM authentication to establish a link between the device’s SIM and the doctor’s unique ID number via Morpho’s identity management platform, according to Once a SIM card is registered, an applet is loaded onto the mobile device or tablet containing the SIM. The doctor can then access patient files patient files through a secure website by entering his or her phone number. A pop-up message requests the doctor’s ID again, which completes the authentication process.

This could greatly impact the way healthcare is handled in developing countries. If doctors in the field, without the computer system previously needed, could access the information to patient's healthcare by simply using their smartphone or tablet, suddenly a whole new array of possibilities opens up. 

This identity management system will be one to watch, especially in countries where healthcare mobility is desperately needed. 

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