TrustBearer Provides Technology Platform for EXTENSION® HealthID™, the Patient Smart card System Recently Endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA)

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In a partnership with EXTENSION, Inc., TrustBearer applied security software principles and techniques to help create the EXTENSION® HealthID™ product.

Hospitals are able to quickly find and use patient's information within an individual facility or across their system or network. The benefits of the smart card include providing much improved patient experiences and streamlined administrative costs.

TrustBearer Labs, an information security software company based in Fort Wayne, IN and Washington, D.C., partnered with EXTENSION, Inc. to develop the EXTENSION® HealthID™ patient smart card product. HealthID™ takes data from various electronic medical systems and securely stores important demographic and clinical data on patient smart cards. As noted in the American Hospital Association's press release describing the exclusive endorsement of HealthID™.

"Hospitals are able to quickly find and use patient's information within an individual facility or across their system or network. The benefits of the smart card include providing much improved patient experiences and streamlined administrative costs."

TrustBearer has been developing software applications that leverage the security features of smart cards for over 5 years. Historically, the company has focused on the U.S. Federal Government smart card market. The U.S. Government has paved the way for other industries to adopt smart cards by creating accepted standards including the Common Access Card (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) identification standards. Development of these standards, together with government mandates requiring Federal agencies to replace their employee badges with smart cards, have fostered a smart card market for both hardware and software vendors.

TrustBearer applied security software principles and techniques to help create the EXTENSION® HealthID™ product, an expertise gained from their work with U.S. Government smart cards. The EXTENSION® Engine aggregates patient data from a variety of electronic medical systems. Critical patient data, such as name, date of birth, medical record number, insurance details, allergies, immunizations, and medications are then securely written to a patient smart card using HealthID™.

TrustBearer President, David Corcoran, noted, "We are very excited to be part of one of the first end-to-end patient smart card systems available in the health care market. Combining our security software experience with EXTENSION Inc's medical systems software has produced a full-featured smart card product that is ready to deploy today, not years from now."

The only end-user requirements for use of EXTENSION® HealthID™ are a web browser and a smart card reader. The TrustBearer Live smart card middleware handles communication with patient cards. It is delivered as a web browser plug-in, which is updated transparently and without user interaction. Because the system is completely web-based, HealthID™ can be deployed through a wide variety of systems such as self-service kiosks. TrustBearer Live is used in all TrustBearer web products, including the free TrustBearer OpenID provider (available at https://openid.trustbearer.com).

TrustBearer plans to offer web applications that will allow patients to access services using their HealthID™ card at a home computer. Beyond services offered by health providers, patients may eventually sync health information on their card with online Personal Health Record (PHR) services such as Google™ Health and Microsoft® HealthVault™.

For more information on the EXTENSION® HealthID™ endorsement, visit AHA Solutions at http://www.aha-solutions.org.

For more about the HealthID™ smart card solution, visit EXTENSION, Inc. at http://www.opentheredbox.com/healthID.php.

About TrustBearer
TrustBearer is a security-focused software company selling products and services to customers in government and health care markets. Located in Fort Wayne, IN and Washington, DC, TrustBearer develops and deploys software solutions that leverage CAC and PIV smart cards, as well as other PKI and biometric credentials. TrustBearer Access simplifies integration of authentication devices with web-based applications enabling instant deployment of online applications using strong authentication on a variety of platforms. TrustBearer Desktop is a GSA FIPS 201 approved middleware product that integrates PIV smart cards with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

Learn about TrustBearer products and solutions at https://www.trustbearer.com.

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