SAFE Identity Achieves Interoperable Trust Framework for Digital...

SAFE Identity Achieves Interoperable Trust Framework for Digital Identities in the Healthcare Sector

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, November 25, 2020

SAFE Identity has accomplished an important milestone in their effort to allow a standards-based, interoperable Trust Framework for digital identities in the healthcare sector. 

FREMONT, CA: In the past few years, SAFE Identity and its healthcare industry-led Policy Management Authority (PMA) have accomplished an important milestone in their effort to allow a standards-based, interoperable Trust Framework for digital identities across every stakeholder in the highly distributed healthcare sector.

The healthcare industry consortium and certification body declared that it had published the latest SAFE Identity Certificate Policy in recent times. Cautiously curated and ratified by industry consensus through the PMA, the Certificate Policy is a set of technical conditions, interoperability standards, compliance guidelines, and liability regulations that govern the SAFE Identity Trust Framework.

A Plan for the Digital Identity

The SAFE Identity Trust Framework is an authorization program for identity providers. It provides the healthcare companies a strategy for cooperating with the vendors and partners externally, where every vendor or partner utilizes credentials that have been certified under the Trust Framework. The healthcare companies can depend on the accreditation programs that the SAFE Identity Trust Framework offers, thus removing the requirement of configuring system-to-system federations with external parties and reducing some of the risks and expenses related to relying on external identity credentials. 

SAFE provides an open, standards-only, and product-agnostic method to depend on external identity credentials without demanding a healthcare company to take on the burden of evaluating the issuance practices of every external identity provider themselves. The SAFE Identity is also evolving procurement guidance that will help the healthcare companies implemented the Trust Framework in their supply chains.

“We’ve re-envisioned the way identity will work between organizations in the future by learning from the lessons of our past,” said Kyle Neuman, Managing Director of SAFE Identity. “We know that people and devices need the ability to own their credential and use their credential between multiple organizations. We know that issuing credentials to all entities outside of the enterprise boundary is expensive and does not scale. We know that assuming an external party is issuing secure credentials to its employees due to the party’s own interest in securing their systems is a misconception that has resulted in numerous compromises. Lastly, we know that federating identities was last decades achievement, and that federating trust will be the challenge to overcome this decade. All of these considerations have gone into designing the new SAFE Identity Trust Framework that any organization can rely on to prevent vendor lock, increase credential re-use and increase the adoption of cryptography throughout healthcare.”

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