UPMC Taps TriCipher

Medical center taps TriCipher to protect patient health information

LOS GATOS, Calif. -- The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) will use TriCipher’s multifactor authentication solution to protect access to personal health information on its online patient healthcare portal and physician network – putting the medical center at the forefront of aggressively protecting patients’ identities.

The $6 billion medical center’s Web site portal will become the central information access point for more than 4 million patients worldwide. In addition, doctors will have secure access to patient health data across the entire medical center, improving patient care and increasing the efficiency of the medical center. From the outset, TriCipher’s Armored Credential System (TACS) will ensure that only authorized users can access patient health information.

UPMC expects to save as much as $2.7 million with TriCipher’s multifactor authentication approach, compared with the costs of managing one-time password tokens (OTP). TriCipher was the only company to provide multiple authentication options necessary to protect patient heath information, make the portal user-friendly for patients and doctors, and lower costs. If security needs to be tightened further, UPMC can easily increase the strength of authentication to meet new regulatory requirements or prevent new attacks by changing security policies.

TriCipher provides the industry’s strongest and most user-friendly two-factor authentication solution. Deployed across dozens of financial services companies and leading healthcare organizations, TACS provides enterprises with flexibility to customize credentials for users based on the level of security required. Its complete authentication system protects users with passwords, browser cookies and certificates, PCs, portable devices such as USB drives and iPods®, tokens, smart cards and biometrics.

“Patients and doctors want easy online access to information they need – and they expect us to keep this information safe,” said John Kramer, UPMC’s associate director of information security. “As if that’s not enough – we also need to ensure a terrific user experience to drive adoption of the portal.”

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