Hospitals are using biometrics in healthcare mainly for employee and patient identification. This improves workflow, reduces duplication, and makes patients recognized throughout the health system. Patient matching across healthcare providers is still not widely adopted
, even though it’s a promising use case.
However, the healthcare sector’s interest in biometrics is clearly increasing, according to Sean Kelly, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Imprivata, the digital identity management company. ”We have seen an increased investment in biometrics by our healthcare customers as a way to accurately identify people in their ecosystems, including patients and clinicians, maintain secure access to protected health information, and secure high-risk workflows such as electronic prescribing for controlled substances,” he said
Many healthcare organizations have already adopted medical biometrics. For example, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center installed finger scanners. Houston-based Harris Health System is using palm vein scanning for identification. Northwell Health is experimenting with facial and iris-based recognition technology.
There is even a handheld tool
for scanning fingerprints of newborns. Even though a baby’s fingers are fully formed, they are tiny and mushy in a way. This device employs seven times more sensitive sensors than regular fingerprint scanners to obtain a precise image.
Here are some examples of biometrics-based identification in healthcare: