Availability of eHealth authentication solution to support secure messaging delivery

The first release of the Department of Human Services (DHS) National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) supported access to the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system using both organisational and individual certificates.

The use of the DHS eHealth Record PKI certificates for Healthcare Provider Organisations has now been extended by DHS to enable usage for Secure Message Delivery (SMD) via compliant SMD products. These certificates are now known as NASH PKI certificates for Healthcare Provider Organisations.

Providing an assurance that only authorised healthcare organisations are allowed to access eHealth Records and transmit important health information is vital to protecting people’s private health information and improving health outcomes. This same level of assurance is now available for SMD.

GP practices that already have an eHealth Record PKI certificate  for Healthcare Provider Organisations (or have applied for one prior to 10 December 2012) will receive a letter from DHS advising them of the new Terms & Conditions that will apply for use of this certificate for SMD. From 10 December, the DHS website will be refreshed with the new application form that will have the updated Terms & Conditions to enable those practices that do not yet have a NASH PKI certificate for Healthcare Provider Organisations to register for one.

This NASH PKI certificate for Healthcare Provider Organisations can be used for PCEHR and will satisfy the SMD digital certificate requirements of the new Practice Incentives Programme eHealth Incentive.

Existing DHS location certificates will continue to be used to access the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service, Medicare claims and payments and the existing ePrescribing solutions.

The NASH will be operated by DHS and will issue digital certificates managed through a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Please follow the below link to apply for your NASH PKI Certificates: www.humanservices.gov.au/pki

A key foundational component for eHealth in Australia, the NASH provides a nationwide secure and authenticated service for healthcare delivery organisations and personnel to exchange sensitive eHealth information, and will evolve over time to meet the emerging needs of the health sector across Australia.

To find out more, or register for a NASH digital certificate please go to: www.humanservices.gov.au/healthprofessionals from 10 December 2012.

For additional information about the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive: