Standard Practice for Healthcare Certificate Policy
|Publication Date:||10 May 2002|
|ICS Code (Medical sciences and health care facilities in general):||11.020|
|ICS Code (Product and company certification. Conformity assessment):||03.120.20|
This practice covers a policy ("the policy") for digital certificates that support the authentication, authorization, confidentiality, integrity, and nonrepudiation requirements of persons and organizations that electronically create, disclose, receive, or otherwise transact health information.
This practice defines a policy for three classes of certificates: (1) entity certificates issued to computing components such as servers, devices, applications, processes, or accounts reflecting role assignment; (2) basic individual certificates issued to natural persons involved in the exchange of health information used for healthcare provisioning; and (3) clinical individual certificates issued to natural persons and used for authentication of prescriptive orders relating to the clinical treatment of patients.
The policy defined by this practice covers: (1) definition of healthcare certificates, healthcare certification authorities, healthcare subscribers, and healthcare relying parties; (2) appropriate use of healthcare certificates; (3) general conditions for the issuance of healthcare certificates; (4) healthcare certificate formats and profile; and (5) requirements for the protection of key material.
The policy establishes minimum responsibilities for healthcare certification authorities, relying parties, and certificate subscribers.