MedStar Health chooses Aladdin eToken to protect access to critical hospital applications

Chicago 18 January 2006MedStar Health, a $2,7 billion non-profit, community-based health care organisation serving the Baltimore/Washington region, selected the Aladdin eToken strong authentication device, developed by Aladdin Knowledge Systems, a worldwide expert in Software Digital Rights Management (DRM) and USB-based authentication solutions, and an innovator in enterprise secure content management, to provide powerful security for doctors and nurses remotely accessing vital hospital applications.


More than 1500 clinicians within seven MedStar-operated hospitals now use the USB-based Aladdin eToken to gain access to two critical medical applications presenting data from more than 139.000 inpatient admissions and more than 900.000 outpatient visits each year. eToken, about the size of an average house key, requires doctors and nurses to possess the actual token and input the token password in order to access MedStar patient data outside the hospital.

"Aladdin has been great to work with, as they have helped us deploy Aladdin eToken with customized security applications used by clinicians throughout our network of hospitals", stated Jason Kreuter, Ph.D., associate director for MedStar e-Health and the MedStar Clinical Portal. "Our clinicians realize the importance of properly securing patient data, and we continue to receive positive feedback praising eToken's simple, yet powerful authentication technology."

"Large health care organisations demand reliable, powerful employee authentication in order to protect the privacy of their patients and to assist in complying with the numerous laws affecting the industry", stated Teney Takahashi, market analyst at the Radicati Group. "By deploying the Aladdin eToken USB device, MedStar gains proven authentication technology that helps provide peace of mind not only for its clinicians, but also its patients."

"As the health care industry continues to rise to the challenge of meeting strict patient privacy requirements, we're pleased to see such large deployments of Aladdin eToken as seen at MedStar Health's network of prestigious hospitals", stated Dan Pfeifle, senior director, eToken for Aladdin North America. "We continue to see health care providers choose Aladdin eToken for strong user authentication, as it has proven to serve as a reliable, durable token that remains flexible enough to offer the wide variety of security features needed to match patient privacy laws."

Aladdin eToken provides cost-effective strong user authentication and password management solutions. It provides enhanced security and ensures safe information access; improved password and ID management; and secure mobility of digital credentials/certificates and keys. Aladdin's product vision and innovation is evidenced by the company being awarded two key patents covering this security technology: USB devices with a smart card and USB devices as portable storage for credentials.

About the size of an average house key, the award-winning Aladdin eToken is easy to use and highly portable, providing users with powerful authentication by requiring something they have, the tamper-proof eToken, and something they know, a password. It is used for secure network logon, secure VPN, Web Sign-On, Single Sign-On, secure e-mail, and numerous other applications. eToken USB and traditional smart card form factors are available with physical access (RFID) capabilities and one-time password technology.

The Aladdin Token Management System (TMS) enables the deployment, provisioning and maintenance of security Tokens, Smart cards and ID Badges within an organisation. In addition, TMS offers seamless, and reliable management for Enterprise security services combining both PKI and non-PKI systems.

MedStar Health is a $2,7 billion non-profit health care organisation and a community-based network of seven hospitals and other health care services in the Baltimore/Washington region. The hospitals, which include both teaching and community facilities, are Franklin Square Hospital Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor Hospital, and Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. MedStar Health is based in Columbia, Maryland and as the area's largest health system, it is one of its largest employers, with more than 23.000 employees and 4600 affiliated physicians, all of whom support MedStar's patient-first philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. MedStar Health proves this everyday with 144.000 inpatient admissions and more than one million outpatient visits each year.

Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd. is a global provider of security solutions that reduce software theft, authenticate network users and protect against unwanted Internet and e-mail content, including spam, viruses and spyware. Its security products are organized into two segments: Software Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Enterprise Security. Aladdin's Software DRM products allow software publishers to protect their intellectual property and increase revenues by reducing losses from software theft and piracy. Its Enterprise Security solutions enable organisations to secure their information technology assets by controlling who has access to their networks - authentication - and what content their users can utilize - content security.

Leslie Versweyveld

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