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Intel Teams with AMA to Launch E-Health Services

With the aid of the American Medical Association, Intel Corp. Tuesday launched a business that develops online credential services to enable bonafide health communications and transactions on the Net.

Intel's (INTC) Internet Authentication Services (IAS) will help leading health care organizations to produce "online health cards," credentials so that doctors and patients may establish trust before health information is offered and accessed.

Intel said the AMA will issue physicians credentials beginning next year. The move will make it possible for doctors to access a host of online physician services that require identity authentication.

The ID will also be acknowledged by participating e-health sites that desire to offer doctor-patient interactions online.

"Making the Web a more trusted place is key to helping the health care industry the move to the Internet," said Ronald J. Whittier, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Content Services. "We are enabling a new level of trust for e-health services that can make doctors more efficient, reduce health care costs, and improve patient satisfaction and care."

Physicians service providers Healtheon/WebMD and MedQuist will assist Intel and the AMA with the credential initiation process.

Healtheon (HLTH) said Tuesday it would accept the AMA physician credential to allow transactions between physicians and service providers such as hospitals and pharmacies.

Medquist (MEDQ) said it will also accept the credential to help doctors store and retrieve patient charts over secure Net connections.