Healthcare Providers Use Fingerprint Scanning for Patient ID, Staff ID, and to Protect ePHI, But How Do Fingerprint Scanners Work? Part 2 of 4

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Next in this 4-part blog series we’ll look at how the healthcare industry is integrating fingerprint scanning technology to enhance patient experience and keep information secure.

Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Integrate Fingerprint Scanners

According to a 2016 study by the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization's (PSO), a nonprofit group that advocates for patient safety, inaccurate medical records and patient misidentification has led to an increased number of medical neglect cases. The ECRI Institute found 13% of mistakes occurred during patient registration and at least 22% of errors involved people who received the wrong treatment or procedure.

Fingerprint scanning technology can help reduce errors because a patient needs to be physically present to validate their identity. When this is used in combination with encryption software, the patient’s secure medical record can be accessed when they are identified.

Healthcare facilities also use fingerprint scanners to secure access to their own networks, equipment, cloud-based services, work stations, rooms, and medical cabinets. The need for staff to use passwords and badges is eliminated and so is the security risk of losing a badge or unsecure password.

Some nurses and doctors are even carrying around this technology in their pocket because it’s available on their cellphone or smart device. Secure texting apps used by medical staff, such as 1Call’s HIPAA-compliant miSecureMessages app, can be accessed using the device’s fingerprint scanning capability.

Continue to Part 3 of 4

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