Inteleos is exploring the use of Digital Identities and Verified Credentials to address long-standing problems in medical credentialing.
Here’s why this approach could be beneficial:
Core Functions and Today’s Model
Inteleos aims to ensure equitable access to quality care by developing assessments, issuing and maintaining credentials, and validating credentials throughout a professional’s journey. The traditional model relies on Inteleos to prove credential validity and provide verification services. However, this model may not be suitable for emerging markets or cases where counterfeit credentials are an issue.
Building a New Decentralized Network
Inteleos is developing the use of digital identities, wallets, and verified credentials in partnership with Credivera. This approach aims to increase security, resilience, portability and custody of underlying data. The goal is to create a network of entities that rely on self-custodied digital identities and verified credentials, improving the ability to present secure credentials to various partners.
Types of Identity Systems
There are various types of identity systems, including centralized, federated and digital identity systems. Each system has its own advantages and disadvantages:
- Centralized Identity Systems: In these systems, one central authority manages and verifies identities. While this approach is common, it can be prone to security breaches and privacy concerns, as the central authority has access to identity details.
- Federated Identity Systems: Federated systems aim to improve the user experience by allowing users to establish a single identity with a large aggregator, which then acts as an identity broker to other platforms. While this approach improves the user experience, it still has weaknesses in security and privacy, as the identity still resides in one platform.
- Digital Identities: This emerging model leverages cryptography, decentralization and self-custody to improve the balance between online security, privacy and user experience. Inteleos has partnered with Credivera to issue this type of identity using the Microsoft Entra Identity platform.
Types of Records in Digital Wallets
Customers will be able to store various types of records in their digital wallets, including:
- Educational records: Certificates, diplomas, and transcripts from educational institutions.
- Professional experiences: Records of formal and informal professional experiences, such as workshops, seminars and conferences.
- Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits: Records of completed CME activities and credits earned.
- Credentials: Verified Credentials issued by Inteleos and other organizations, which can be cryptographically signed and verified by relying parties.
- Membership cards: Digital membership cards for various organizations and services.
- Loyalty cards: Digital loyalty cards for reward programs and discounts.
- Event tickets: Digital tickets for events, such as professional conferences.
- Coupons and vouchers: Digital coupons and vouchers for discounts and promotions.
Three macro-factors contribute to the growth of digital identities:
- The White House’s Digital Identity Ecosystem initiative.
- The European Digital Identity initiative (eIDAS).
- Microsoft’s entry into the digital identity market.
This approach could offer easier access to Inteleos customer platforms, allowing password-less authentication and reducing friction and system risk. Customers can use their digital identity to access Inteleos platforms and other partner platforms without needing to store usernames or passwords.
By adopting Digitial Identities and Verified Credentials, Inteleos aims to address long-standing problems in medical credentialing and improve the overall experience for its customers.