GET Group North America and The Utah Driver License Division (DLD) jointly announced today that the Midtown Community Health Center of Ogden will now accept mobile driver’s licenses (mDLs) for pharmacy transactions as part of the state’s mDL pilot. Utah is the first state in the U.S. to pilot an mDL that is fully compliant with international standards that ensure citizens can use their mDL globally as a legal form of identification.
Mobile driver’s licenses provide a contactless “Tap & Go” ID transaction. Authenticating a patient’s ID without the need for a physical credential or their mobile device to change hands increases safety for both the pharmacist and their patient. Additionally, a mobile driver’s license gives an mDL holder greater control over their identity data than can be achieved with physical cards. While traditional physical identity documents provide verifiers access to all the citizen’s personal information, mobile ID utilizes data minimization which allows the mDL holder to only share the data required to complete the specific transaction.
“When it comes to pharmacy transactions, it is essential that we can ensure an ID has not been tampered with so that only the intended recipient is obtaining the prescribed medications,” said Braden Mitchell, pharmacy director, Midtown Community Health Center. “We’re excited to be working with the state of Utah and GET Group North America to embrace the future of Mobile IDs and ensure we’ll be able to best serve our patients, protect their privacy, and reduce fraud.”
Utah’s ISO 18013-5-compliant mDLs are an optional, trustworthy, official, government-issued driver’s license/ID on a mobile phone. The DLD e-signs the data and puts it under the control of the citizen, to be used via electronic transfer – a “Tap & Go” or “Scan & Go” interaction. Pharmacists (or any verifier) can authenticate eSignatures to immediately ensure the data is authoritative and not tampered with.
“We’re excited to see the mDL ecosystem – both in Utah and nationally – continuing to grow and we’re very pleased to have Midtown Community Health Center participating in the state’s pilot,” said Alex Kambanis, Managing Director of GET Group North America. “We look forward to working with Utah DLD to support the clinic with technology to securely, contactlessly and unequivocally confirm IDs for pharmacy purchases.”
Citizens are invited to enroll for their own mDL on Wednesday, December 15th from 3-6pm at the Midtown Community Health Center Ogden clinic (2240 Adams Ave in Ogden Utah). A valid Utah driver’s license is required for mDL registration.
Midtown Community Health Center of Ogden offers patients of all ages and backgrounds comprehensive primary healthcare services including well care, prenatal care, pediatrics, immunizations, women’s health, geriatrics, and treatment for acute and chronic illnesses. It is one of 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the state.