Australia’s National E-Health Transition Authority has selected IBM to design and build the National Authentication Service for Health (NASH), a key building block in developing personally controlled e-health records for Australia.
The NASH will be designed to improve the security of electronic health communications such as referrals, prescriptions and personally controlled electronic health records.
The system will support audit and monitoring processes for both local health provider systems and national e-health services.
Under the contract, IBM will use its combined hardware, software and services capabilities to build the NASH system for Australia’s healthcare providers.
Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said it is critically important that when doctors and nurses use e-health systems, they know that they are sending and receiving communications to and from the right people.
“This system will put in place strong access control mechanisms for personally controlled electronic health records so that patients will be able to grant access to their information,” Roxon said.