With the NHS being responsible for safeguarding an abundance of sensitive patient medical data, it’s critical that they are able to authenticate healthcare workers before they access this data. But this process isn’t a straightforward one and can make it harder for NHS bodies to partner with new technology partners that will help them enhance their offering.

To combat this, the NHS introduced smartcards – a quick and easy way to authenticate healthcare workers and control access without delay.

6B partners with digital health innovators across the UK to simplify the authentication process for end user organisations through developing single sign on and NHS smartcard integrations. The work we do in NHS smartcard and NHS Care Identity Service 2 integration offers organisations who are wishing to work with the NHS a secure, compliant and proven solution to an age-old problem.

Features of NHS smartcard integration

NHS Spine access
Users of smartcards are able to set up NHS Spine access themselves almost instantly with two-factor authentication, through a QR code and secure password.

Seamless integration
By integrating with the clinical apps and systems used throughout the NHS, users can benefit from a consistent experience that doesn’t impact patient care, regardless of the location they are working from.

Authentication simplified
Through advanced digital signatures which use biometric authentication, patient data can be accessed without having to go through a lengthy authentication process.

Multi-factor authentication
All NHS Care Identity Service 2 (CIS2) integration solutions utilise multi-factor authentication including OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect (OIDC).

Benefits of parenting with 6B for NHS smartcard integration

  • Integration specialists: we have long-standing relationships with various NHS organisations which means you’ll benefit from the expertise of a technical partner that has successfully delivered complex integrations in the past.
  • Greater autonomy: rather than rely on IT support to set up passwords or authentication measures, the smartcards integrations we develop allow you to manage this independently via a bespoke portal.
  • Enabling the future of healthcare: it’s no secret that healthcare is increasingly turning online to better manage patient care and demand, just look at the adoption of telemedicine services. With virtual smartcards, your staff can work interrupted on any device, from any platform, anywhere in the world.


We’ve enjoyed working with 6B immensely over the past few years to launch and further develop the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust platform.

“From the initial discovery phase through to planning and delivery, the project has been a success, and we’ve continued to work with the team to enhance, maintain and improve the platform through regular discussions and planned maintenance.”

Natalie Lee, Web & Digital Design Communications Officer, Somerset NHS

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