The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded more than $9 million in grants for five pilot projects that seek to develop technologies to improve identification of individuals online for commercial uses, including healthcare.
The grant awards stem from a White House program, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
"The selected pilot proposals advance the NSTIC vision that individuals and organizations adopt secure, efficient, easy-to-use and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a way that promotes confidence, privacy, choice and innovation," the NIST, a Commerce Department agency, said in a news release.
The NIST assists the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in developing testing procedures for electronic health-record systems under the federally supported EHR incentive program.
In healthcare, Resilient Network Systems, San Francisco, was awarded nearly $2 million "to demonstrate that sensitive health and education transactions on the Internet can earn patient and parent trust," according to the release. That is to be accomplished by "using a trust network built around privacy-enhancing encryption technology to provide secure, multifactor, on-demand identity proofing and authentication across multiple sectors," the release states.