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ATC
Abbreviation:Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System
Authentication
Definition:Authentication

Authentication, in the context of eHealth information security, refers to the confirmation of the identity of a user demanding access to eHealth services. Its purpose is to verify whether or not the user really is who he/she claims to be. Authentication is not to be confused with Authorization, which deals with rights particular users or user groups may or may not have.

While Authentication deals with questions like: “Is this person really Dr. X?“, Authorization might ask “Does Dr. X have the right to access this specific kind of data?“.

Authorization
Definition:Authorization

Authorization, in the context of eHealth information security, refers to rights a particular user (e.g., health professional) has with regards to eHealth service systems. Authorization is not to be confused with Authentication, which deals with the question of whether the user demanding access to eHealth service systems really is the person he/she claims to be.

While Authorization deals with questions like: “Does Dr. X have the right to access this specific kind of data?“, Authentication might ask “Is this person really Dr. X?“.

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