The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has confirmed it has cancelled its $23.6 million contract with IBM to build the authentication service for the PCHER system.
IBM won the contract to build the National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) in March 2011. It promised to create a security and access management system to enable healthcare providers to securely access the PCEHR by June 26, 2012.
IBM failed to deliver its promised infrastructure for NASH by its deadline and an interim solution was deployed by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Secure tokens were issued in late August to those healthcare providers and organisations who had registered for an HPI-I and an HPI-O respectively and had applied for a certificate from Medicare Australia.
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