Intel en de American Medical Assocation zijn een samenwerkingsverband aangegaan voor de ontwikkeling van zachtwaar waarmee medische gegevens online toegankelijk gemaakt kunnen worden. Intel's aandeel in dit verhaaltje bestaat uit het beveiligen van de gegevens:
The alliance, as earlier reported by CNET News.com and announced today at Intel's Internet Health Day event in New York, will focus on creating so-called digital credentials that Intel and the AMA plan to eventually distribute to health Web sites, physicians, and consumers. Digital credentials are a piece of encrypted software that helps verify a person's identity to Web sites. Intel also announced that it has created a new Internet Authentication Services unit to develop these credential services.
Health care has the potential to be a huge online industry, and companies such as Healtheon and Medquist already have entered the space. But many privacy experts regard health information as being among the most sensitive information that can be distributed, requiring companies to safeguard that data. Digital credentials like those developed by Intel help ensure that only authorized physicians, insurers, and consumers can access a patient's medical transcripts or other health records.