Confidential patient data held within pathology test results can
be securely passed from NHS laboratories to general practice
thanks to digital certificate technology. That's the message from
digital security service provider ViaCode at Healthcare Computing,
Harrogate, March 19-21.
Viacode and Entrust Technologies are key participants in the
provision of secure interim cryptographic services to the NHS
Pathology Messaging Implementation Project. ViaCode will show how
digital certificates allow S/MIME messages and any attachments to
be encrypted and digitally signed for secure and trustworthy
transmission over NHSNet, the Internet, or any other network.
Says ViaCode healthcare specialist Kevin Still: "The NHS has been
challenged by government to move information electronically, but
healthcare and IT professionals are rightly concerned about
protecting patient confidentiality, and about the practicalities
and cost of applying security technology on such a scale. We're
here to show that it's not only possible, but workable and
ViaCode Ltd (www.viacode.com) is a subsidiary of The Post Office.
The ViaCode service is underpinned by the world's most proven
public key infrastructure (PKI) from Entrust Technologies.
ViaCode digital certificates use full-strength 128-bit
cryptography and are issued only after rigorous proof of identity
and are instantly revocable with immediate system-wide effect.
A secure key-backup and recovery facility means critical
information, previously encrypted, is not lost in the event of a
ViaCode certificate being damaged or mislaid. Separate key pairs
for encryption and signing mean ViaCode digital signatures are
Notes for Editors
1 A contract to supply Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) services
has been awarded by the NHS Information Authority to Entrust
Technologies, a leading provider of cryptographic and PKI
software, working with ViaCode Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of
the Post Office).
Further editorial information:
ViaCode - Alison Ingleby - 020 7847 3391
Sage Partnership - Kevin Fiske - 01189 344007
Entrust Technologies - Duncan Reid - 0118 9533011
NHS Information Authority - Gill Friend - 01392 206770
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