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ISL Provides Security for First Patients
Accessing Medical Records On-Line

IT security specialist, ISL (Informer Systems) has helped patients in Derbyshire & Oxford to securely access personal medical records via the Web. As part of two pilot trials organised by the NHS Information Authority, a selected group of patients have been able to visit their GP surgery and access their records in a private place using a computer. The project's IT security is provided by a biometric mouse that works in conjunction with logon authentication software, e-SentriNET from ISL (Informer Systems).

In Bury Knowle near Oxford, a number of patients have had access to all their consultations relating to the last four years, and in Hadfield, Derbyshire they have been able to view a summary of their records. By matching their fingerprint with a template stored on the computer, the patient is then granted access to records. Practice staff will be on hand to answer any queries or provide additional training.

About e-SentriNET
e-SentriNET ™'s has two elements; a server-based enrolment, verification and management module and a Workstation client. At the enrolment stage a number of readings of each finger are taken and a digital template created. Depending on the
network-operating platform, these templates are encrypted and stored either in an ODBC database, in the Directory (NDS or ADS) as an attribute of the user 's object, or on Smart Card. Once the template has been securely stored it can be accessed across the network or from the smart card to provide authentication for a live fingerprint. e-SentriNET provides an API so can be used to integrate biometric authentication into existing applications, using either the Directory, database or a Smart card as the repository. From the browser on the workstation, the user logs on using their fingerprint and/or smartcard and once verified will be granted access to pre-defined Internet based resources.

Both pilots have addressed issues such as secure access, confidentiality and how to manage medical information that may be 'bad news' for the patient.

The NHS Information Authority believes evidence collected from the trials will be an invaluable first step in determining how patient access will work. Results of the trials will be co-ordinated by the NHS Information Authority and used to inform the development of the Electronic Health Record, which will be available to every citizen by 2004, in line with the objectives of the NHS plan.


Editor's Note:
Since 1989 ISL Informer Systems has been an innovator in developing remote access security products. It designs and markets dial-in and dial-out access security and management software products for enterprise-wide computer networks. ISL's key product range, Secure-ITä provides a choice of security systems for a range of operating environments. Secure-IT 3000 provides large scale dial-in/out access within Windows NT for corporate applications, whilst ISL's Secure-IT 1000 (15 user) is aimed at SMEs. ISL now supports biometric authentication with its SecurDial and SentriNET and e-SentrNETproducts for remote access and workstation log-on respectively. The company is based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

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