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					5th EU-eGovernment Conference
November 18th to 20th, 2009
Malmö, Sweden


Press Release of the epSOS Consortium




Person Identification and Authentication –
Key to eGovernment and eHealth Services


eGovernment procedures provide to citizens easy to handle and fast services which
stepwise replace traditional bureaucratic paper based contacts between
governmental institutions and citizens. eHealth has the potential – besides the
simplification of administrative procedures – to secure and raise availability,
accessibility and quality of health services. eHealth is an essential contributor for
improving patient safety.

Of course there are overlaps between eGovernment and eHealth. One of these is a
basic, sensible but central requirement for all relevant procedures: proper, secure
and easy to handle identification and authentication, that can be applied also in cross
border services. The two Large Scale Pilots STORK and epSOS, both co- funded by
Member States and the EU-commission, are working on this issue, making proposals
on what are the common requirements, what the differences are and how to secure
that future developments are not running in diverse directions.

Working on identity management in the health area is not reduced to unique
identification of patients, but also of health professionals and health service
institutions. Individual health data are handled as explicit sensitive data and the
definition and management of rights is essential for reaching a status which conforms
to the legal systems in the member states. Data protection is one of the key issues
and it is part of building up an environment of trust which will allows patients and
healthcare providers to use eHealth services, such as pan-institutional patient
summary records or ePrescription systems.

In the epSOS project identity management is one of the essential tasks that are being
addressed. The cooperation between STORK and epSOS has shown that requirements
in the government and public health services are quite close. Some of the member
states even use similar identification mechanisms while some of the member states
have decided to keep the sectors apart. epSOS is trying to find solutions which are
compatible with the national regulations and concepts of the participating countries.

The Swedish EU-presidency in cooperation with the European Commission organises
the 5th EU conference in the area of eGovernment under the title “Teaming up for
eUnion” which will be held in Malmö, November 18th to 20th 2009. The focus of the
conference lies on eGovernment Services, outcomes will be definitely of high
relevance to eHealth.

Additional information on person identification dealt by the epSOS and the STORK
project are provided at the project websites www.epsos.eu and www.eid-stork.eu
.




Contact:

Fredrik Lindén
epSOS Coordinator
E-mail: fredrik.linden@skl.se
Phone: +46 8 452 7334
Mobile: +46 70 6853041

Lisa Hagberg
epSOS Coordination Secretariat
E-mail: lisa.hagberg@skl.se
Phone: +46 8 4527120
Mobile: +46 76 7627720

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SE-118 82 Stockholm
Sweden

				
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