NW_20001108_en_Government Computer News - October 16, 2000_ "Medical records to go global"

November 8, 2000

The Defense Department will turn to a software product to try to secure its medical records tighter than a surgeon's sutures. Vasco Data Security Inc. of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., will use an array of its products to secure the Composite Health Care System II component of the Military Health System under a $7.3 million, six-year contract, company officials announced late last month. The new component will let health care workers throughout the world access a patient's medical data at any hospital or treatment center,
said John Allen of Integic Corp. of Chantilly, Va. Integic is the main contractor on the project supplying the security infrastructure for the system. The transition to Composite Health Care System II will occur in two phases. To begin, contractors will create electronic folders of the medical information that's in a central database, and then they will create the infrastructure that will secure the data and protect it from corrupting....A secure enterprisewide Single Sign-On process will increase systemwide productivity, he said. Using digital signatures will protect data and link patient records to track anyone who accesses or modifies medical documents,
Allen said.