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Health and Human Services Council

U.S. public and private healthcare and health services organizations increasingly understand the necessity to implement secure technology to curb waste, fraud and abuse and increase the user convenience. Implementing secure technologies supports a wide array of use cases including the adoption and convergence of EMV technology for medical payments, the promotion of a strong authentication solution for Medicare and Medicaid, improved patient identification and record matching, and security solutions that allow providers to focus on improved quality of patient care.

Healthcare breaches continue to sacrifice personal identification information to unauthorized sources and question the role that security and identity management play in the market. Strong authentication solutions allow organizations – including hospitals, clinics and supporting offices – to reduce costs, streamline workflow and increase security, enabling a renewed focus on patient-centered care. Issuing a single, secure, multi-purpose credential will:

  • Support both identity and payment
  • Be portable across a variety of form factors ranging from cards to mobile phones
  • Provide a secure carrier for portable medical records
  • Secure access to emergency medical information
  • Enable compliance with government initiatives and mandates, outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Healthcare is complex. The mission of the Health and Human Services Council is to organize thought leaders to promote the adoption of secure technologies in accordance with industry-leading standards. The Health and Human Service Council fosters an environment that allows subject matter experts, including payers, providers and technologists, to work together to educate and promote the adoption of secure technologies through product- and service-agnostic white papers, presentations and discussions.

Download description of Council mission, activities and membership.

Health & Human Services Council Activities

The Health & Human Services Council activities stimulate the understanding, adoption and widespread acceptance of single and multi-application secure technologies for organizations with a healthcare focus – hospitals, payers, providers and those with an interest in healthcare. Activities include:

  • Providing educational resources for health and human services organizations, consumers, government organizations and members to promote the deployment of secure technologies and privacy standards;
  • Identifying the challenges and opportunities in the emerging health and human services marketplace that can be supported by secure technology;
  • Promoting the development and use of standards for health and human services applications
  • Educating members on new opportunities, industry trends and advancements in technology and the healthcare industry
  • Hosting guest speakers who provide educational briefings on various topics and promote discussions
  • Providing opportunities to present and attend conferences related to healthcare security and privacy

Council Resources

Publications

Industry Comments

Other Resources

Council Management and Membership

The Health and Human Services Council chair is:

  • Jeff Fountaine, Ingenico

The Secure Technology Alliance recognizes the top three individual contributors in each of the industry councils and the council “honor roll” – the individuals who were leading contributors and participants in the council projects and activities.

Secure Technology Alliance members who are active in the Health and Human Services Council include:

  • Clear2Pay
  • Entrust Datacard
  • First Data
  • Fiserv
  • G+D Mobile Security
  • Gemalto
  • IDEMIA
  • Ingenico
  • Lenel
  • Mastercard
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Rambus
  • SAIC – Science Applications International Corporation
  • SecureKey Technologies
  • ST Microelectronics
  • Thales
  • Tyco Software House
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Verifone
  • XTec, Incorporated

Health and Human Services Council participation is open to any Secure Technology Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.

For more information about the Health and Human Services Council or for more information on becoming a member of the Alliance, please contact the Alliance office via email at [email protected].