Smartphones for smarter healthcare

Mobile – and confidential – access to healthcare data by patients and medical staff is now a possibility, thanks to Morpho and operator Orange’s new joint solution. The official unveiling took place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2013.

In France and elsewhere, medical data can currently only be accessed online via stationary terminals and healthcare cards, which are not designed for obtaining information on the go. "That's where the idea of storing an identity derived from the doctor's legal identity came from, which we developed jointly with Morpho," says Benjamin Sarda, Marketing Director at Orange Healthcare. "We chose the SIM card for two main reasons. First, it's so secure that it's like a digital safe. Secondly, we can roll it out all over the world, and make it work on all telephones."

ID, guaranteed
The system works by first registering healthcare professionals and patients in the system to create their derived identity and store it in their SIM cards. Then, explains Cédric Huet, Marketing Strategy Manager at Morpho, "every time the user tries to connect to a healthcare IS or application, such as when a doctor wants to consult a patient's medical records using a smartphone, the operator (here Orange) transfers the request to an authentication platform to check whether the derived identity matches the original." Correctly matching the two identities guarantees that only the right person has access to the information, or that the person is registered with social security, for example. Orange is overseeing the platform's operation, while Morpho is in charge of the ID registration and validation side of things. Orange will also tend to service management, mobile connectivity and rollout.

An innovative solution
The joint Morpho-Orange innovation is currently being patented in both companies' names, and opens up a host of exciting opportunities. "We'll have a system up and running at the Clermont-Ferrand university hospital within a few weeks," says Cédric Huet. "And this is just the beginning of our venture into healthcare. The system could also work in other countries and healthcare systems. Not to mention we could build on the idea of accessing confidential information on the go to develop a whole range of new highly innovative features, for patients and healthcare professionals alike."