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Kantara Initiative And The CARIN Alliance Sign Affiliated Alliance Agreement

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, the only industry organization focused on 3rd
party assessed digital identity and privacy assurance frameworks,
announced today the signing of an affiliated alliance agreement with the CARIN
, a non-partisan, multi-sector alliance of more than sixty
health care and other stakeholders managed by Leavitt Partners.

The agreement allows for collaboration and eventual development of
assurance schemes underpinning the Office of National Coordinator’s
(ONC) Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to help
consumers and their authorized caregivers easily get, use, and share
their digital health information where, when, and how they want to
achieve their goals.

Opportunities exist for Kantara’s User-Managed
Access (UMA) 2.0
and Consent
Receipt 1.1
(CR 1.1) global technical specifications to be
implemented in organizations who desire to be in compliance with the
ONC’s draft TEFCA
for improved consumer access and control of health care data. Kantara’s
community developed UMA 2.0 and CR 1.1 specifications and Kantara’s
Trust Framework Operations bring user consent, control and trust into
easier reach for consumers and organizations accessing and processing
personal data.

“The CARIN Alliance plans to develop a set of best practices for
implementing the use of NIST 800-63-3 Identity Assurance Level 2 (IAL2)
and Authenticator Assurance Level 2 (AAL2) guidelines in
health care,” said Ryan Howells, principal at Leavitt Partners. “We were
the first major health care collaborative to recommend in August 2017
that ONC use the NIST 800-63-3 guidelines, including IAL2 and AAL2, as
the minimum identity proofing and authentication requirements in health
care. From the beginning, Kantara has played a key role in helping us
develop best practices and build an overall trust framework to implement
these open standards and help us drive forward our goal of enabling
consumers and their authorized caregivers to have more access to their
digital health information with less friction.”

Kantara is the only
3rd party-assessing Trust Framework Provider
assurance of conformance to NIST 800-63-3 and other de jure standards.

“Over the last decade, Kantara Initiative has led the way in developing
best practices and trust schemes in the digital identity and privacy
space with the goal of building cross-community trust and ensuring
people have control of their own data,” said Colin Wallis, executive
director, Kantara Initiative. “It is the meshing of the two that creates
solutions of real benefit to the end-user. Privacy and digital identity,
together, provide maximum value to the consumer. The CARIN Alliance
understands this and, together, we will work to help provide consumers
more control over their sensitive health care data.”

About Kantara Initiative
The Kantara Initiative is the
leading global consortium improving trustworthy use of identity and
personal data through innovation, standardization and good practice.
Kantara provides real-world innovation through its development of
specifications, applied R&D and conformity assessment programs for the
digital identity and personal data ecosystems. Kantara provides its
coveted eIDassisting Identity
Assurance Trust Mark
and groundbreaking specifications for User
Managed Access
, and the privacy enabling Consent
. More information is available at
Kantara Initiative on
— @KantaraNews

About the CARIN Alliance
The CARIN Alliance is a
non-partisan, multi-sector alliance led by distinguished risk-bearing
providers, payers, consumers, electronic health record vendors,
pharmaceutical companies, consumer platform companies, digital health
companies, and consumer-advocates who are working collaboratively with
other stakeholders in government to overcome barriers in advancing
consumer-directed exchange across the U.S. The CARIN Alliance vision is
to rapidly advance the ability for consumers and their authorized
caregivers to easily get, use, and share their digital health
information when, where, and how they want to achieve their goals. For
more information, please visit or @carinalliance on