In this 4-part blog series we’ll focus on fingerprint scanning and how it’s used in the healthcare industry for patient and staff IDs and to protect ePHI. In addition, we’ll look at how finger print scanners work and the different types of scanners.
What Is Fingerprint Scanning?
The short answer is that fingerprint scanners take an image of a person’s fingerprint but in reality, the technology is more complex. Fingerprint scanning uses a biometric process, or measurement and analysis of a person’s distinctive physical characteristics, to electronically collect and store human fingerprints.
By identifying and authenticating a scanned fingerprint against a database of known fingerprints, fingerprint scanners can: identify individuals, allow or deny people to access to a restricted area, operate a vehicle, permit the use of electronic equipment, open a cellphone app, and more.
Once only seen in futuristic movies and television shows, the use of fingerprint scanning has become a commonplace security measure in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Fingerprint scanners are used to grant access into buildings, obtain medical records, and identify patients.