The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which disseminates cyber threat information to healthcare stakeholders and offers cybersecurity educational programs, is getting a larger portfolio.

NH-ISAC has merged with SAFE-BioPharma Association, which creates and manages digital identity and digital signature standards for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industries.

Mollie Shields-Uehling, president of SAFE-BioPharma, has retired, so SAFE-BioPharma has been absorbed into NH-ISAC, bringing new capabilities to the organization.

SAFE-BioPharma was created to offer global, high-assurance identity trust for cyber transactions in the biopharmaceutical field. Its standards protect intellectual property and patient data using secure, enforceable and regulatory-compliant mechanisms. A SAFE-BioPharma credential can be used in the healthcare sector and is recognized by all U.S. federal government agencies and the European Union. The standards require use of two-factor authentication to prove a user’s identity with greater certainty, says Terrence Rice, chair of SAFE-BioPharma.

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With the retiring of Mollie Shields-Uehling, “merging the efforts of the two organizations made complete sense,” says Denise Anderson, president at NH-ISAC. “We aim to broaden the reach of identity access management across the healthcare community so the entire sector will benefit.”

NH-ISAC, formed in 2010, got a big boost from the federal government in late 2016 when the Department of Health and Human Services awarded the organization $350,000 to further aid efforts to disseminate threat information and provide educational services. The organization offers a continuous variety of workshops, web seminars and partnered events, available here.

NH-ISAC also partners with the Electronic Health Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies healthcare vendors and business associates for meeting best business practices. The organizations cooperate on developing conferences, white papers, seminars, workshops and other events to promote the sharing of healthcare cyber threat information.

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