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Single sign-on solutions uptake rising across the public sector

by Sam Murphy •
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In line with an on-going pan-jurisdictional trend, Queensland Health (QH) is moving towards Single-Sign On (SSO), issuing an Invitation to Offer (ITO) for an Authentication and Authorisation (Rapid Sign-on) project. 

QH’s Authentication and Authorisation project is listed on Queensland’s ICT Dashboard as a $5.4 million measure to “Improve the speed and efficiency of accessing clinical information, and enhance the usability of the integrated electronic medical record”.

The SSO solution will provide access to the Integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) which will allow “health care information to be collected and shared across hospitals, community health centres, general practitioners and specialist services across the state”, according to the QH website.  ieMR is state-wide, spans nine online sites and is due to be complete by June 2015. 

The ITO states, “The Authentication and Authorisation Project will deploy a Rapid Access Workstation Service with the aim of simplifying access to information”. QH will begin with a small-scale deployment of “1,000 shared workstations and 10,000 users across the nine ieMR sites”.

QH follows NSW Health in adopting SSO. In October 2013, NSW Health’s service delivery arm, HealthShare contracted Oracle to deliver a database-as-a-service which includes Oracle Identity Management Software to provide SSO for all NSW Health staff.

The Victorian Government has indicated that it intends to “build a ‘trusted’ identity and access management system where credentials can be reused/shared across Victorian agencies (i.e. single sign-on)”, according to its Strength of Registration Standard which came into effect on 1 January 2014.  Issued by the Chief Technology Advocate on behalf of the Victorian Government CIO Council, the Standard requires agencies to consider SSO “as the first preference for any new online services they may be considering”. 

The Queensland Health ITO closes on 9 April 2014.


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