[ISN] VeriSign Enhancing Internet ID Service

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Date: Sun Apr 29 2001 - 19:45:12 PDT

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    By George V. Hulme
    The American Medical Association and Internet security vendor VeriSign
    Inc. say they will enhance the AMA's Internet ID service. According to
    the AMA, the Internet ID service is the only nationwide system
    available to physicians for secure communications and transactions
    over the Internet.
    It's the first authentication system based on VeriSign's recently
    announced next-generation trust services, and the first application,
    expected by the third quarter this year, that'll be a new secure
    e-mail service for physicians. The AMA Internet ID service went live
    in December 2000, to help protect privacy and confidentiality when
    online medical information is transmitted.
    The AMA and VeriSign hope doctors will use their Internet IDs to boost
    security when using Web-based applications such as claims, patient
    charting, and electronic prescriptions. The services will also support
    roaming capabilities so doctors can work from just about anywhere.
    VeriSign says the managed trust services are designed to help
    health-care companies, and application makers that support this
    market, comply with the Health Insurance Portability and
    Accountability Act regulations. No one knows exactly what that might
    mean, especially with the privacy regulations, but Jupiter Media
    Metrix Inc. analyst Stacey Rich says she doesn't expect any sweeping
    changes with the regulations.
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