Public Key Infrastructure

Human Services Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates give health professionals secure access to online services.

From January 2017, new web browser updates affect how you use Human Services PKI individual certificates to access HPOS. Read more about SHA 1 and SHA 2.

Healthcare providers may need a Human Services Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificate to securely access online services.

We issue PKI certificates to individual healthcare providers and organisations.

Secure Hash Algorithm

PKI certificates use secure hash algorithm (SHA) technology to send secure messages and other transactions online.

Transactions through your practice management or patient administration software requires SHA-1 technology. As these transactions also require PKI site certificates, we issue SHA-1 PKI site certificates to users.

The latest version of some web browsers require SHA-2 technology to send messages and transactions. We automatically send SHA-2 PKI individual certificates to users.

If you need a specific SHA version of a PKI certificate, contact the eBusiness Service Centre.

PRODA

You can register for a Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to access Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). You don’t need a PKI certificate to use HPOS.

Read more about PRODA.

National Authentication Service for Health PKI certificates

Healthcare providers and supporting organisations must have a National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) PKI certificate to access the My Health Record system.

Eligibility

Healthcare providers and supporting organisations can use a PKI certificate to do business with us electronically.

How to apply

Apply for a Human Services PKI certificate using the following forms:

For more information go to:

Renewal

Human Services PKI certificates expire every 2 or 5 years, depending on the policy your certificate was issued under.

Some software automatically renews your PKI certificate.

If your software doesn’t automatically renew your PKI certificate, we’ll send you a letter 60 days before your certificate expires. Complete the renewal confirmation and return it to us, then we can renew your PKI certificate.

PKI policy documents

PKI certificate policies are the rules for how we issue and use Human Services PKI certificates. Read the PKI policies and terms and conditions before you use your PKI certificate.

Healthcare Public Directory

The Healthcare Public Directory lists individuals and organisations with active or revoked PKI certificates. For more information go to Certificates Australia.

Standards

We have IT standards for electronic transmission, scanning and storage of:

  • referrals to specialists or consultant physicians, and
  • requests for pathology and diagnostic imaging services

Read about these standards in the Notice of Information Technology (IT) Requirements.

Our PKI certificates meet the Gatekeeper (Public Key Infrastructure) framework under the International Organisation for Standardisation Health Informatics - Public Key Infrastructure technical specification (ISO/TS 17090).

PKI supporting documents, tools and software

Read more about how to install a PKI individual certificate and the PKI Certificate Manager.

Resources

If you need help with your PKI certificate contact us.

Page last updated: 30 November 2016

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