Single sign on is the process where a user logs on once and is able to access a range of applications through multiple channels without having to log on again.
Patient context sharing is the sharing of clinical information across applications so that specific content for a given patient can be immediately displayed without having to reselect it within each application.
This standard allows you to benefit from these two processes and access a range of ehealth solutions including the ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer and Ontario Telemedicine Network portal.
The single sign on/patient context sharing standard is based on the OASIS* SAML** version 2 specification with additional, custom attributes to support the eHealth Ontario single sign on model. SAML is a standard format, used in federated systems for the purpose of exchanging authentication data.
SAML architecture contains:
- Profile – context around type of operation being performed
- Bindings – details governing how a transaction will proceed
- Protocol – which informs the type of transaction being performed
- Assertions – details about the user including how they were authenticated.
V1.5 provides access to applications with a wider range of information about users, e.g. login location (city or town), professions and specialties, in addition to enhancing patient context and supporting multi-factor authentication. V1.5 continues to support the following:
- Provider identity verification
- Provider authentication and authorization
- Auditing and compliance
- Security and access management
- Provider workflow enhancements (passing patient context).
Adoption of this specification leads to an ecosystem of connected applications, delivering a wealth of patient information, in a secure and trusted fashion to Ontario’s health care providers.
* OASIS is the organization for the advancement of structured information standards.
**SAML is the security assertion markup language standard, which defines a framework for exchanging security information between online business partners.
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