Up to $1M in fed funding available for EHR security, identity pilot project

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The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is inviting hospitals and health systems to apply for a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) of up to $1 million if they can show their ability to innovate, via pilot project, the streamlining of access to health information by patients and providers across at least two separate health organizations.

Applicant orgs must currently partner with at least one other organizationally independent healthcare organization and meet several other criteria.

NSTIC’s stated aim is to identify a federated identity project that will “pilot solutions to access health information that are privacy-enhancing, secure and resilient, interoperable, and cost-effective and easy-to-use,” according to a blog post from Mike Garcia of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The initiative will collaborate with HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to choose one successful applicant to receive in the range of $750,000 to $1 million for 18 months.

Announced by the Obama Administration in April 2011, NSTIC exists to build trust based on authenticated digital identities interacting online among and between members of the private sector, advocacy groups and government agencies, among other digital-health stakeholders.

The government group says it’s keen on finding a project that, among other things, allows for interoperability with other identity federations in the healthcare sector and, where possible, other sectors.

NSTIC has set June 1 as the application deadline.

To download a PDF of the full FFO announcement, click here.