SAN FRANCISCO, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MEDePass Inc., the high technology
affiliate of the California Medical Association, will tonight unveil its
MEDePass(SM) electronic digital certificate. Digital certificates are
electronic credentials that identify parties online, enabling private and
secure communications and legally binding, valid, digital signatures. MEDePass
Inc. announced today that it has selected VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN) to provide
the managed services infrastructure for the issuance and management of the
MEDePass(SM) certificates, providing the highest level of diligence in the
healthcare industry. More than 2,000 California physicians have already
applied for a MEDePass(SM) digital certificate. Pre-registration for other
states will begin June 15, 2000. California physicians can pre-register for
MEDePass(SM) now at www.cmanet.org.
Tonight at San Francisco's Moscone Center, North Hall Room 132, CMA
President Marie Kuffner, M.D., and CMA Past-President J.C. Pickett M.D., will
be the first physicians to send and receive fully encrypted, secure e-mails
using MEDePass(SM) digital certificates. For more information and to attend
the demonstration, please contact: Claire Sears at MEDePass Inc. 415-882-3391
or Todd Bosta at CMA 415-882-5108.
The Social Security Administration, Kaiser Permanente, and St. Joseph's
Health System are the first major national organizations to agree to accept
MEDePass(SM) as proof of physician identity in their online communications and
transactions. MEDePass(SM) and VeriSign representatives met this past weekend
with 14 state medical associations representing 170,000 physicians. Three
state associations have already signed letters of intent to offer MEDePass(SM)
to physicians in their states.
"The MEDePass(SM)/VeriSign relationship forges the key link in the chain
of Internet-based communications between physicians, and between physicians
and pharmacies, health plans, and medical supply companies," said Jack Lewin,
M.D., CMA executive vice president and MEDePass(SM), Inc. chairman. "We think
that physicians, payers, government agencies and, ultimately, patients will be
best served by a security system grounded in the physician community and
managed by the leading Internet security company. MEDePass(SM) enables the
transmission of sensitive medical information in a safe and confidential
manner between physicians and health plans, e-commerce companies or technology
MEDePass' fundamental philosophy is that health care professionals must be
in complete control of their digital identities, rather than letting
commercial entities have control. MEDePass(SM) will establish state medical
associations, such as the CMA, as certificate authorities. These associations,
which will use their central position in the medical community to identify and
authenticate physicians, will extend the opportunity to receive a digital
certificate to those whom they know to be bona-fide health care providers. In
addition, every MEDePass(SM) holder will be able to "refer" other physicians
for a MEDePass(SM).
"We are teaming up with MEDePass(SM) to create a new level of online trust
so patients, physicians and health plans can feel secure enough to take full
advantage of Internet-based health services," said Stratton Sclavos, VeriSign
president and CEO. "MEDePass(SM) will enable physicians to be efficient and
reduce health care costs, and, most importantly, to improve patient
satisfaction and quality of care."
About MEDePass, Inc.
San Francisco-based MEDePass, Inc., with support from the California
Medical Association, was founded in 1999. The company's first product,
MEDePass(SM), is a digital identification for physicians and other licensed
health care professionals.
VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of Internet trust services
-- including authentication, validation and payment -- needed by Web sites,
enterprises, electronic commerce service providers and individuals to conduct
trusted and secure electronic commerce and communications over IP networks.
VeriSign's trust services for enterprises and electronic commerce service
providers are available through regional account representatives, resellers,
and VeriSign affiliates worldwide. The company's digital certificate services
for Web sites, developers and individuals are available through
NOTE: VeriSign is a registered trademark exclusively licensed to
VeriSign, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
About California Medical Association
The California Medical Association represents more than 34,000 California
physicians from all regions, modes of practice and medical specialties. CMA is
dedicated to the health of all Californians.
SOURCE California Medical Association