Intel Teams with AMA to Launch E-Health Services
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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.
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.