In the real world of face-to-face engagements, physical Identities such as a drivers' license, passport or military ID, have been the documents used to prove who a user is in a transaction. As digital transformation evolves, the process focuses on technology, identifiers and digital identities and a new way of engaging users, patients and customers. One of the transition challenges is that user identities are as diverse as human beings, their cultures, communities and organizations. Therefore digital identity solutions have to be as diverse as possible given the contextual nature of what an identity means both from a structural and dynamic point of view. The standards based architecture will incorporate trust frameworks and federated platforms and will embrace digitally authenticated end users at local levels in both private and public sector communities. That end user could also, with privileges, securely access a pre-designated site at a designated trust level with their digital credential to ensure care-coordination/interoperability or could be a security officer on the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Jim Kragh, Healthcare Consultant