Towards scalable authentication in health services

Gail Joon Ahn, Dongwan Shin

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1 Scopus citations


Over the last two decades, many attempts have been made to computerize the management of patient records using advanced computing and networking facilities across healthcare providers such as hospitals, clinics, and clearing agencies. In addition to this transition from a disparate and paper-based infrastructure to a consolidated and digital medium-based one, we have been confronted with privacy and security requirements since the advent of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). The problem we seek to address in this paper is to provide authentication of individual identity in the context of accessing critical information in Web-based e-health systems including secure transmission of data across the Internet. These problems have technical solutions that are well known, but the solutions in general are strongly biased toward a single individual interacting with a single application. In this paper, we propose a scalable token-based authentication architecture and demonstrate how we can implement this architecture using commercial-off-the-set technologies. Our approach focuses on vendor-neutral specifications. The proof-of-concept prototype has been implemented so that the pilot testing may be conducted at various sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 11th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationInfrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WET ICE 2002
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)076951748X
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event11th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WET ICE 2002 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2002Jun 12 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE
ISSN (Print)1524-4547


Other11th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WET ICE 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Authentication
  • Computer network management
  • Computer networks
  • Data security
  • Health information management
  • Hospitals
  • Information security
  • Insurance
  • Medical services
  • Privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture


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