In a previous post, we mentioned that hospitals were utilizing more technology to keep patients and visitors safe. However, despite the new technology, there is often a lack of procedure for implementing the technology or they lack the staff to properly use the technology.
While biometric security measures are a definite step in the right direction, deploying such a system takes not only a provider with a specific skill set that understands the hospital environment, it also takes trained personnel on-site to understand how to operate the systems.
Here is a really good article that gives a good overview of how the technology can be used in a hospital setting successfully:
If large retailers and banks are vulnerable to hacking, what about hospitals and doctors’ offices? What prevents identity thieves from fraudulently charging medical care, and keeps our medical records secure from prying eyes?
For many hospitals, the answer is to stop relying on traditional passwords to secure computerized records. Instead, they are increasingly identifying patients with biometric security measures like palm scans.
“Palm scanning is 100 percent more accurate than fingerprints,” Nader Mherabi, the chief information officer at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, told CBS News. The hospital uses palm scanning as a key component of its computerized patient record system.
Palm scanners use invisible and harmless infrared light to detect blood flowing in our veins. The pattern of veins is set for life before a person is even born, by 14 weeks of gestation, and is more unique than a fingerprint. Even identical twins who may have similar (though not precisely matching) fingerprints have completely different palm vein patterns Read Article