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Advancing Digital
Transformation in Healthcare

The ever-expanding digital future of the healthcare industry requires stronger and more flexible identity assurance.

Benefit from

From patients, employees and healthcare providers to supply chain partners and medical devices, an organization’s digital interactions depend on trusted identities, information integrity and security.

By using SAFE Certified Credentials and participating in the SAFE Identity ecosystem, organizations, people and even devices can establish digital trust and secure data exchange between healthcare stakeholders.

Advantages of Joining the
SAFE Ecosystem


Rely on established policies and infrastructures for authentic digital signatures.


Be sure the person you’re doing business with is who they present themselves to be.


Manage trusted identities in a network of providers committed to shared standards, policies and practices.


Know the information you share via the internet is accessible only to the intended recipients.

There are many other benefits of SAFE including

Certified SAFE solutions and federation ensure user convenience and global interoperability

A Qualified Product List that provides many certified applications and credential providers to choose from

The opportunity for organizations to issue their own credentials within the SAFE ecosystem to lower costs

Here are some of the many ways to use SAFE identity credentials and the advantages that delivers.

Using SAFE for
People and Organizations

Sensitive healthcare data requires high levels of security and assurance – but the integrity and confidence of digital credentials vary widely across the health industry. Which digital identities can healthcare providers trust?

SAFE Identity answers that challenge and enables dependable, standards-based trust for healthcare relying parties and asserting parties. A relying party is any organization that needs to exchange trusted information and bears the risk associated with credential theft or fraud. This could be a healthcare delivery organization such as a hospital network, a pharmaceutical company or even a pharmacy.

Asserting parties include supply chain partners and service providers as well as people who rely on SAFE credentials to assert or state their trusted identities in order to communicate over the internet. Examples are contractors, clinical trial providers and medical device manufacturers. Examples of individuals involved may include employees, doctors and staff internal to these organizations, and external individuals such as subcontractors and patients.

It is possible, perhaps even likely, that an organization can be both a relying party and an asserting party. For example, a healthcare provider might be a relying party when authenticating patients but serve as an asserting party when the healthcare provider digitally signs an ePrescription and sends it to a pharmacy.

SAFE was originally conceived and built by a several large pharmaceutical companies to address the costs associated with conducting clinical trials and replace paper documents and “wet” signatures with digital documents and signatures that could be trusted by the FDA.

While that remains an important use case, the core benefits of SAFE—digital signatures, authentication, federation and encryption—can address many more aspects of digital trust between people and organization in healthcare.

People & Organizations
Use Cases

Each of these situations may require a different set of credentials, coming from different places, with different levels of assurance. This can make trust difficult and security a major concern. But by relying on SAFE, all parties involved know exactly which identities, signatures, and encryption credentials can be trusted and even re-used between multiple relying parties.

Identify individuals for access to sensitive information

Securely exchange information in global supply chains

Secure logins to avoid compromise and data breaches

Secure signatures for research documents or patient files

Protect trade secrets and confidential information

Strongly identify patients for virtual clinical trials

Strongly identify patients for virtual clinical trials

Ensure doctor identities for patient and device interaction

Protect telehealth for drugs and interactive treatment

Exchanging patient data with broader healthcare providers

Digitally sign ePrescriptions for 21 CFR part 1311 compliance

Ensure increased physical access security in hospitals

Device Identity
Use Cases

While medical devices bring novel and powerful new treatments and tools to healthcare, they also create new security and data privacy challenges. SAFE Identity’s core benefits of digital signatures, authentication, federation and encryption can also be used to make medical devices including wearables more secure in many ways. These advantages benefit both healthcare providers and medical device manufacturers.


By assigning a SAFE Identity Certified Credential to a device, the organization or person using the device can trust that the device is authentic and safe to interact with.

Protect device information

Digitally signing device metadata—serial number, make, model, manufacture date, GUID—prevents alterations to its profile throughout the supply chain and when in use secures network access.

Patient safety

Digitally signing device settings can help confirm the right patient is getting the right treatment from their authenticated healthcare provider.

Protect device software

By digitally signing code and personalization information, the device itself can verify that software and updates originated from a legitimate source.

Data integrity

Digitally signing outbound device data proves its origin to the receiving system and verifies its integrity regardless of the network in which the device resides.

Data privacy and security

Encryption of information going to and coming from the device protects privacy and data security. This also is accomplished regardless of the network connection.

Eliminate passwords

By authenticating humans who use or manage the device with SAFE Certified Credentials, the device will be able to be securely programmed and shipped without a default password.

Rely on the SAFE Trust Framework

The integrity of digital credentials varies widely from one provider to the next. Figuring out who to trust, why to trust them and how their security aligns with your needs can be a challenge. This makes trust hard.

The SAFE Identity Trust Framework, carefully cultivated over 15 years, can make trust much easier. The Trust Framework defines the policies and standards necessary to use secure and interoperable digital credentials that meet your needs. Issuers certified by SAFE are compliant with these policies and standards, ensuring this same security and interoperability across the ecosystem – and making trust a lot simpler for you.

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