The 21st Century Cures Act, the ONC Cures Act Final Rule, and the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access rule have accelerated the ability for an individual to access their personal health information via an application of their choice leveraging HL7® FHIR® Application Programming Interfaces or APIs. To support consumer access, we must ensure that people are who they claim to be so the right information can be shared with the right person at the right time. CARIN supports “person-centric” digital identity credentials to facilitate this ecosystem; an individual has a portable, high-assurance digital identity credential they can use to control when and how their personal information is shared across systems.
The CARIN Alliance is working on development of a federated trust agreement to foster and federate trust in digital identity credentials. The federated trust agreement will address standardization and best practices related to security, data protection, authentication, identity proofing, privacy, user experience, interoperability and the conformance regime to ensure these specifications and policy obligations are certified and can be enforced. During this session, the CARIN Alliance will lead discussion on the importance of this work and our progress to date.