National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Federated Identity in Healthcare Pilot Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The purpose of the NSTIC Federated Identity in Healthcare Pilot Program is to demonstrate the usage of federated online identity solutions for patients and providers across at least two healthcare providers and provide a basis for documenting best practices in this area. The proposed identity solutions must embrace and advance the NSTIC vision of an Identity Ecosystem.

Currently, patients and providers need to obtain new identity credentials to access health information at different organizations. Technologies exist to streamline authentication to web portals today but mostly exist to service one organization only. This funding opportunity will support a pilot project involving multiple healthcare organizations to enable patients and providers to use a single credential that can be trusted to allow access to health medical records.

The goal for this project is for hospital systems to work with other regional health systems and provider groups to operationalize the acceptance of federated identity and operate the pilot for at least six months. The use cases for this pilot would involve a federated credential solution that allows patients and health care providers to use the same credential with at least two healthcare organizations. 

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be hospitals or healthcare systems consisting of multiple hospitals, ambulatory sites, clinics or similar healthcare facilities.
  • Applicants may be for-profit, not-for-profit or governmental (other than Federal government) entities located in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicants must partner with at least one other healthcare organization in their locality/region. The partner organization should have anticipated overlap with the applicant organization of patients, physicians and other clinical staff (such as a physician practice group(s), clinic(s) and hospital(s)).
  • The partner organization must be organizationally independent of the applicant and maintain a separate health information system from the applicant. Health information systems refer to any system that captures, stores, manages or transmits information related to the health of individuals or the activities of organizations that work within the health sector.



Amount Description

 NIST anticipates funding one award in the range of $750,000 to $1,000,000 for eighteen months.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

June 1, 2016