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Monday, June 27, 2011

Dave Nikolejsin, CIO of BC

An enabling infrastructure for better health care in BC

Noted to start, that Dave is leading province wide identity management strategies. There's some interesting potential discussions here. And were about to get into them here...

Multiple cost drivers, capital pressures, aging citizens, availability of skilled staff, spiraling costs of drugs and diagnostic equipment, increase of chronic conditions drive costs.

Dave asks, why are we telling you this again?!

The intent is to focus on one aspect that we can address. We are bumping up against the wall on the next steps in eHealth. Dave proposes we change the approach continually taken up to this point.

Dave took us to a discussion on federal financial management to set the stage for his discussion around BC Healthcare. The problem today is that usernames and passwords are broken. Most people have 25 different passwords, or use the same one over and over again. The costs of identity theft is rising, as is cybercrime, and the heads up is being given that very soon the ownership of the costs of these things will be turned back onto the consumer.

Most organizations are no longer interested in the anonymous Internet from commercials entities to public services. So how do we add an identity layer to the Internet? Privacy is addressed immediately as a right and top priority for BC government. Confidence and trust are huge issues, given the state of data leakage in the world today. We cannot afford to solve each identity management issue throughout the public sector piece by piece, and private sector policy setting is bringing all key players to the table, so a solution should be based on something definitively authoritative and trusted.

In BC, the debate is now over. Government needs to lead, and we've learned from the paper world how to do this. Investments will be necessary, and alignment and leverage are crucial with public and private sectors.

Trusted identities provide a foundation to enhanced security, improved privacy standards, and ultimately achieving economic benefits.

Check US national strategy for trusted identities in CyberSpace. January 2016 is the go date for this to be live, and BC is working closely with US partners to learn and collaborate. From an architectural standpoint, the solutions are being designed ground up to be secure, reusable and standards based.

The health system is where this starts in BC. BC is known to have the strongest links between central IT architecture and planning and health services. Health can focus on health issues, and the CIOs office can focus on central ubiquitous issues.

The health cards are linked to drivers licenses because there is a sound identity proofing process in place there, at least much more sound than the existing process for BC Care Cards. The method is to see economic gain for the provincial government by providing leadership in identity management, and having the private sector come to the Province to leverage the solution.

The quid pro quo with the banking industry is that the readers for the tap devices will be provided by the banks, and the data will be managed by the Province.

I look forward to speaking to Dave further to get any insight on involvement with higher Ed initiatives. I had the chance after his presentation to exchange credentials and get to briefly discuss how the initiatives around identity management and contiguous wireless access can be collaborated in with the work Dave's team is undertaking. We will be having further conversations.

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Location:Kelowna, BC

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