San Francisco won't put universal internet on upcoming ballot
June 18, 2018
A municipal broadband project that has been in talks for several years may have to wait a bit longer still.
Five of the six pilots are focused on state-level government services.
A National Institute of Standards and Technology program aimed at researching new forms of identity management awarded $15 million in grants to six companies focused on securing services run by state governments and health care providers.
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC, program announced the grants Thursday, which range in value from $3.75 million to just under $1 million.
The companies will pilot different types of online credentials that can be used to prove identity over multiple systems, a process known as federated credentials. For example, a patient could use a single credential to access online portals for multiple doctors’ offices, or a resident could use one credential to access state services and consumer websites.
“Our goal is to foster innovation that can make critical services more convenient and trustworthy for consumers while strengthening online security,” said Mike Garcia, acting director of the NSTIC National Program Office.
Five of the six projects are focused on state-level programs:
The sixth project, which will be located at Cedar-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles, aims to improve quality of care by simplifying EHR transfers when patients are moved from Cedars-Sinai to an acute-care setting.
The state government projects will receive funding for up to three years, and the health care pilot project will run for 18 months.