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Oklahoma Medical Board Streamlines Physician Licensure Process

The Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (OSBMLS) recently launched the Uniform Application for Physician State Licensure (UA) to streamline the licensure process for Oklahoma physicians.

The Uniform Application makes it easier for physicians to become licensed in multiple states by providing a “core” application used by the 23 state medical boards using the UA. It eliminates the need for physicians to re-enter data multiple times and makes it easier for physicians to apply for licensure in multiple states. Among the benefits the UA offers Oklahoma physicians:

  • Auto-populates key data, saving physicians time by eliminating the need to re-enter information multiple times.
  • Information provided by physicians is stored in a permanent data repository, which is available to physicians when they apply for licensure in another of the growing number of states using the UA.
  • Auto-populates credentialing data for users of the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS).

“This is a huge move forward in convenience for physicians,” said Lyle Kelsey, executive director the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. “Many physicians practice in multiple states, and the old process could be very tedious and cumbersome. Now it’s a much simpler, faster process.”

In addition, Oklahoma is the first state to implement a web-service call between the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) application form and the existing OSBMLS licensing database. The web-service allows the two systems to share information to provide a more seamless user experience.

In layman’s terms, the OSBMLS system sends FSMB a Unique ID that the user provides and FSMB sends back all the info the user had entered on FSMB’s application form. Approximately 70 percent of applicant data for the UA can be pre-populated when the applicant uses FCVS. As UA usage continues to grow, the number of the more than 170,000 FCVS users accessing this added convenience is expected to increase as well.

OSBMLS developed the application in collaboration with the Federation of State Medical Boards and OK.gov, Oklahoma’s official website managed by the eGovernment firm, NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV). For more information about the UA, please visit http:www.fsmb.org/ua.html or contact Ingo Hagemann, Director of UA, at [email protected].

About the Federation of State Medical Boards

The FSMB is a national non-profit organization representing all medical boards within the United States and its territories that license and discipline allopathic and osteopathic physicians and, in some jurisdictions, other health care professionals. It assists these state and territorial medical boards as they go about their mandate of protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare. The FSMB leads by promoting excellence in medical practice, licensure, and regulation. For more information, please visit www.fsmb.org.

About the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision

The mission of the board is to promote the Health, Safety and Well-being of the citizens (patients) of Oklahoma by requiring a high level of qualifications, standards and continuing education for licenses regulated by Oklahoma Medical Board. To protect the ongoing Health Safety and Well-being of the citizens (patients) of Oklahoma by investigating complaints, conducting public hearings, effectuating and monitoring disciplinary actions against any of the licensed professionals, while providing the licensee with proper due process and all rights afforded under the law. To provide any member of society upon request, a copy of the specific public records and information on any of the licensed professionals. For more information, please visit www.okmedicalboard.org.

About OK.gov

OK.gov is the official website of the state of Oklahoma and a collaborative effort between the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) and Oklahoma Interactive, LLC to help Oklahoma government entities Web-enable their information services. OMES is responsible for OK.gov. Oklahoma Interactive operates, maintains, and markets OK.gov and is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included three times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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