Currently the only way for NHS staff to authenticate is over an N3 (HSCN) connection using a Smartcard. The new service will be available over the internet, opening services up to a much wider workforce.
Staff on the move, such as paramedics and community midwives, will be able to access the information whenever and wherever they need it. The hours spent printing off and refiling patient notes will be a thing of the past.
Professionals frustrated by logging in to multiple systems to carry out their services will benefit from a single, secure login. NHS Identity supports federation of identity – linking a user’s electronic identity to multiple systems determined by their registered role.