Niagara Health announces system for records security
March 13, 2019
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Niagara Health (NH) has announced the launch of a multi-year program for the Niagara Health Navigator, a mobile application designed to protect patient privacy and security while connecting patients to their health data, care providers and innovators.
The system has been designed in collaboration with technology partners IDENTOS and nCipher (previously Thales) to provide secure, convenient, single-sign on access to digital health services in the region.
“We’re thrilled to kick-off a project that will redefine patient care. With 60% of patients treated by multiple caregivers, this project brings real-time access to critical health information in one single view for use by patients and those in their circle of care,” said Sime Pavlovic (pictured), CIO at Niagara Health.
Access to healthcare data and digital health solutions have generally lagged due to challenges authenticating patients, managing consent, and governing health data.
But as Mike Cook, CEO, IDENTOS, explains, “Traditional Identity and Access management solutions have been designed for siloed, enterprise deployments perpetuating password fatigue for users. This creates challenging privacy, governance and Interoperability issues that stifle digital innovation in healthcare – but it doesn’t have to anymore.
“By putting patients and privacy first, the Niagara Health Navigator accelerates digital access programs, helping leaders like Niagara Health ramp up digital innovation with various internal and third party digital apps and services.”
While the project is a clear commitment to patient care in the Niagara region, the vision for Niagara is much broader.
“The successful rollout of this project would prove how digital healthcare can be delivered effectively at scale for all Ontarians,” said Pavlovic.
Niagara Health is also onboarding digital health innovators within the new ecosystem. “We are open to partnership and collaboration,” said Pavlovic. “We hope other hospitals and digital service providers that take notice will participate. We have an opportunity to demonstrate change and look forward to working with everyone.”
IDENTOS is a Canadian Cybersecurity company operating in Canada and Germany to advance the digital capabilities of organizations looking to confidently engage their users. Our leading product (The Federated Privacy Exchange) is accelerating digital in healthcare and many more industries worldwide with a unique and privacy respecting integration pattern that delivers governance and interoperability across traditional identity and access management solutions. For more, please visit our website www.identos.com or follow us on twitter @Identos_Inc.
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About Niagara Health Services
We are a regional healthcare provider with multiple sites and a growing network of community-based services. Our team is made up of more than 4,800 employees, 600 physicians and 850 volunteers who we count on to deliver extraordinary caring to every person, every time. We provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services to more than 450,000 residents across Niagara, including Acute Care, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Complex Care, Emergency and Urgent Care, Kidney Care, Long-Term Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Stroke Care and Surgical Care. Our Accreditation with Exemplary Standing is a clear demonstration of our team’s commitment to the highest safety and quality standards. As a community-based academic centre, teaching and learning, research, innovation and partnership are propelling us as we imagine a healthier Niagara.