Identification & Authentication

Identity is a collection of individual information or attributes that describe an entity and is used to determine the transactions in which the entity can rightfully participate. In the context of digital health, identities can be assigned to three main kinds of entities: Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI); Healthcare Provider Identifier–Individual (HPI–I); and Healthcare Provider Identifier–Organisation (HPI–O)

Whereas identity is public, authentication is private: it’s a secret known (presumably) only by you. In the context of digital health, we use the National Authentication Service for Healthcare (NASH) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).  

By operation of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Establishing the Australian Digital Health Agency) Rule 2016, on 1 July 2016, all the assets and liabilities of NEHTA will vest in the Australian Digital Health Agency. In this website, on and from 1 July 2016, all references to "National E-Health Transition Authority" or "NEHTA" will be deemed to be references to the Australian Digital Health Agency. PCEHR means the My Health Record, formerly the "Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record", within the meaning of the My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth), formerly called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 (Cth).

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