HPI-O NASH certificates prepared for secure messaging

The digital HPI-O certificates sent to GPs to securely access the PCEHR system can now be used as authentication for secure messaging.

In a statement today, NEHTA has announced that the National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) certificates devised and distributed by Medicare Australia can also be used for secure message delivery (SMD) via compliant SMD products.

The Department of Human Services stepped in to provide the interim NASH certificates for PCEHR access following IBM's failure to get its NASH system off the ground. Medicare began distributing the certificates to practices registered for a Healthcare Provider Identifier – Organisation (HPI-O) number in August.

In its statement, NEHTA said practices that already have an HPI-O NASH digital certificate will receive a letter from DHS advising them that they can use this certificate as authentication for SMD.

Those practices that do not yet have an HPI-O will be able to start the registration process through the DHS website from December 10.

NEHTA said the certificate will enable GPs to access their patients' PCEHRs and use SMD-compliant software. They are different from DHS's location certificates, which GPs will still need to use to access the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service, Medicare claims and payments and ePrescribing solutions.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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