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SME Session 3: National Standards Based Approaches for Individual Identity Management

The FAST Identity Tiger Team focused on proposed solutions to address barriers related to identity verification for FHIR-based solutions at scale. 

The group of SMEs invited to participate in this session will be asked to evaluate the team's proposed solutions: Mediated Patient Matching, Collaborative Patient Matching, Networked Identity Management, and Distributed Identity Management and provide their expert insight and opinion on these solutions.

The solutions aim to answer the following questions:

  1. How do we know who the patient is? The payer? The physician?
  2. How do we know the minimum patient data to return?
  3. What patient data should be returned in responses, including error messages?
  4. Can we rely on the consistency of identity-matching services across organizations?
  5. How do we map patient identity real-time?
  6. How do we address the misidentification risk?
  7. When is member/patient ID a requirement in a FHIR resource?

These solutions are focused on enabling unique identification of patients/members for requesters.


NameOrganization Participation Role 
Patrick MurtaHumanaMeeting Facilitator, ONC FAST Chief Architect 
Paul OatesCignaMeeting Facilitator, ONC FAST Chief Architect 
Stephen Konya HHS | ONC Meeting Facilitator, ONC FAST Lead 
Meena Jambulingam OptumMeeting Facilitator, ONC FAST Tiger Team Lead 
Julie MaasEMR DirectMeeting Facilitator, ONC FAST Tiger Team Member
Mary Beth KuriloAmerican Immunization Registry Association (AIRA)Subject Matter Expert 
Lauren RiplingerAmerican Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)Subject Matter Expert 
Jason VogtCommonWellSubject Matter Expert 
Eric HeflineHealthExchangeSubject Matter Expert 
Marisa BassCLEARSubject Matter Expert 
Scott SchumacherIBMSubject Matter Expert 
Joaquim NetoVeratoSubject Matter Expert 
Colin WallisKantaraSubject Matter Expert 
Blake HallID.meSubject Matter Expert 
Josh MandelMicrosoft HealthcareSubject Matter Expert 
Ricky BloomfieldAppleSubject Matter Expert 
Joel Minton* GoogleSubject Matter Expert 
Carmen SmileyHHS | ONC Subject Matter Expert, ONC FAST Tiger Team Lead 
Kenneth Gersing, MD*National Institutes of Health (NIH)Subject Matter Expert 
Laura Prietula* 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Subject Matter Expert 
Stan Huff, MDIntermountain HealthcareSubject Matter Expert 
Dan SandersAnthem Subject Matter Expert 
Matt DoyleEpicSubject Matter Expert 
Drew TorresCernerSubject Matter Expert 
Shaun Grannis, MDRegenstriefSubject Matter Expert 
Abel Kho, MDNorthwestern UniversitySubject Matter Expert 
Karly RoweExperian HealthSubject Matter Expert 

*All SME participants with an asterisk by their name are invited, pending confirmation.

Relevant Pre-meeting Reading Material 

SME Session Details

The nominated SME's will be asked to participate in two meetings in their area of expertise. 

Meeting #1 - SMEs Prep-session  (1 hour) (closed session, by invite only)

  • Date/time: June 18, 2020 / 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST
  • Scope and goals: This session is intended to orient SMEs to the work of FAST, the barriers this team is addressing and the proposed solution the team has developed. The goal is to provide SMEs with the foundational knowledge required to conduct an evaluation of the proposed solution prior to the SME Session.
  • Agenda
    • Introductions
    • FAST 101
    • SME Role and Expectations
    • Barriers & Proposed Solution
    • Setting the Stage for SME Session
    • Meeting materials

Meeting #2 -  SMEs Panel Discussion Session - An industry discussion around the FAST proposed solutions for identity verification  (3 hours) (closed session, by invite only)

  • Date/time: June 24, 2020 / 3:00 - 6:00 pm EST
  • Scope and goals: The goal of this session is to elicit SMEs expert insight into proposed solution(s), specifically:
    • Feasibility and effectiveness
    • Potential gaps
    • Unintended consequences
    • Alternate approaches to consider
    • Industry path forward (standard, regulation or policy)
  • Agenda
    • Welcome
    • Session Goals
    • Solution Review and Discussion
    • Implications of Solution
    • Industry Path Forward
    • Action Items
  • Meeting materials

Learn More About FAST

FAST’s goal is to analyze and identify HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) scalability gaps and offer possible solutions that will address current barriers and will accelerate FHIR adoption at scale. 

To learn more, you can review the FAST 101 deck in Confluence or watch the FAST 101 webinar recording or read the 2019 End-of-Year Report for a snapshot of the progress made by FAST so far.

Other FAST resources that may be of interest

Next Steps immediately following SME Sessions

    • FAST Report-Out to summarize session discussion, decisions, and next steps
    • FAST Action Plan to define proposed solution path (standard, regulation and/or process)

Contact Us

If you have any further questions, comments or would like more information please contact the ONC FAST Leads: and

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