Why We Love Biometrics (And You Should, Too!)

As biometric technology deployments continue to spread around the world, we are witnessing a historic shift change in how individuals identify themselves in a variety of settings. We are entering a digital era where the use of passwords to provide access to and security for a host of services has become intertwined in everyone’s lives. However, relying on passwords to secure our identities is increasingly becoming a security risk whereas biometrics has proven to be a more secure and convenient way of self-identification to secure our information without memorizing truckloads of numbers and characters. Biometrics also offers additional benefits such as improving workforce management, more secure online banking, more efficient and equitable government service distribution, and increasing patient safety in healthcare – all examples of why you should embrace the use of the technology to protect your individual identity.

Top 25 terms in biometrics explained

25 popular biometric terms

 

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2015 Biometric Technology Industry Year-End Review

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Looking back at the development in the field of biometric technology in 20152015 Biometric Technology Industry Year-End Review

2015 is quickly coming to an end which means it’s time look back at some influential events that took place in the field of biometric identification technology during the past year. We have seen quite a few major developments in 2015 both in the government and private sector. In today’s post, we provide a quick recap of selected events we feel are notable and how they have affected the adoption of biometrics in major verticals. Continue reading →

5 Ways Biometric Technology Impacts Our Everyday Life: A Statistical Representation

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Biometric technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives

Did you know that biometric identification management technology has been around since the 19th century when police began to use it to track criminals? The implementation of biometric technology is around us and expanding fast, quickly becoming a part of everyday life.

A number of biological characteristics such as fingerprints, finger and palm vein patterns, and iris and voice recognition have proven to be useful in the evolution of biometrics and biometric identification capabilities are now becoming standard on many devices we use each day.

Listed here are 5 ways biometric technology is impacting your everyday life:
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Meet Tom: Five Places where Biometric Systems Add Convenience and Security

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The rapid adoption of biometric systems for individual authentication are making our day to day life not only more convenient, but also much more secure.

We’ve all seen the movies where a character provides an iris or fingerprint scan to prove their identity in order to get access into a bank vault or a secured facility. That is actually an example of a biometric system. In general, biometrics is a measure of human physiological characteristics and behavior. A biometric system could scan a person’s fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, iris, facial profile or some other unique physical or behavioral aspect. The purpose of most biometric systems is to authenticate a person’s claimed identity.

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Radio Interview Addresses Importance of Fast, Accurate Patient Identification in Healthcare

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Listen to our latest interview on the importance of accurate patient identification in healthcare on the ehealth radio network.

We were grateful for the opportunity to speak about the rising importance of establishing stricter, more secure, and accurate patient identification in healthcare in a recent interview with the ehealth radio network. Our president Michael Trader was interviewed and asked the following questions:

— Why is now an opportune time for healthcare organizations to investigate the adoption of more secure, accurate patient identification solutions?

— Can you please explain how your biometric patient identification solution works and what distinct advantages it offers over more traditional forms of patient identification?

— Why is it important for healthcare organizations to invest in a patient identification solution that can be expanded for ID at each and every patient touchpoint?

— How does the use of biometrics for patient identification help increase medical data integrity and why is this important in the context of EMPI, inter-operability initiatives, and health information exchanges?

— What impact has RightPatient made for the healthcare organizations that have deployed it for patient identification?

Curious to know our insight on the responses to these questions? Listen to the entire radio interview on the importance of accurate patient identification in healthcare and why the industry needs to evaluate the use of biometrics. We can’t stress enough the importance of adopting more secure, safe and accurate patient identification solutions for the healthcare industry in light of the precipitous rise in fraud and medical identity theft coupled with the increased urgency to adopt technologies that increase medical data integrity and maximize patient safety.

Many thanks to Eric Dye and the rest of the ehealth radio network team for the opportunity to help educate the healthcare industry on the value of adopting biometrics for accurate patient identification in healthcare!

Ebola Scare a Stark Reminder of Hygiene and Hospital Infection Control

Biometric patient identification technology should support hospital infection control.

The recent Ebola virus scare at Carolinas Medical Center reiterates the importance of the importance of hygiene and following infection control protocols.

The recent news story of an Ebola scare from a patient at Carolinas Medical Center is a testament to the ongoing industry focus of maintaining a hygienic environment for patients in any hospital setting. According to the article, after discovering that an Emergency Room Department patient suffering from a fever had recently traveled in Africa, hospital staff quickly quarantined the patient as a safety precaution in case the patient was indeed infected with the Ebola virus. It was determined later that the patient did not have the virus but instead could have been infected with malaria and possibly another disease. Unfortunately, after hospital staff roped off an area of the ER, rumors began to swirl around that a patient may have the Ebola virus causing a slight panic both inside the hospital and among the community.

Thankfully, the patient was not in fact inflicted with the Ebola virus – which is a highly contagious disease, “ transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission” according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Web site. A scary scenario indeed, but in the end the patient did not have the Ebola virus and a potential crisis was averted.

Hospitals have always maintained strict infection control protocols within their facilities to help stop the spread of germs and bacteria that could potentially lead to the dangers of nosocomial infections. Renewed emphasis on maintaining airtight hospital infection control policies continues to be a hot topic in the healthcare industry due to recent reports that it is still a major issue for patient safety. A quick glance around a hospital setting with all of the hand washing signs and reminders to cover the mouth when coughing on sneezing reiterates that hospitals continue to educate patients and staff that maintaining a hygienic environment is and always will be, the linchpin of patient safety.

As a vendor that deploys biometric patient identification solutions within hospital settings, we take the topic of hygiene very seriously and work hard to deploy solutions that support hospital infection control initiatives. Regardless of the biometric modality that a hospital decides to deploy as the identification hardware for their use of biometrics for patient identification, stressing the importance of hygiene and following infection control protocols regardless of the biometric technology you use is a key component of our effort to support patient safety initiatives. It is the responsibility of any healthcare vendor to support hospital infection control with their solutions and help facilitate a safe environment for patients and staff. The recent Ebola scare at Carolinas Medical Center ED is a stark reminder that hospitals continue to remain cognizant of supporting infection control protocols that could have devastating effects on patients if not handled properly.

Hat tip to the Carolinas Medical Center staff for their diligence and quick thinking to enact hospital infection control initiatives in the wake of this scare.

Archbold Memorial Hospital Deploys RightPatient® Biometric Patient Identification Solution

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Archbold Memorial Hospital joins the ranks of hospitals investing in biometric patient identification to increase patient safety

Today on our corporate Web site we announced that Archbold Memorial Hospital has deployed our RightPatient® patient safety and data integrity solution. Designed to improve patient safety and medical data integrity, Archbold sought to deploy a next-generation biometric patient identification solution that supported hospital infection control, and would instantly retrieve a patient’s medical record after a fast biometric search.

Archbold will initially be using the RightPatient® biometric patient identification system in their Emergency Department but has plans to expand the deployment to other areas of the hospital including:

  • Patient ID at bedside
  • Self-service patient check-in (kiosks)
  • Mobile patient identification
  • Flexibility to be used at any point along the care continuum

Archbold will use the technology at their flagship location in Thomasville with plans to expand use to their 540 bed network. Executives at Archbold cited the need to increase patient safety as their top concern that accurate patient identification technology will help improve. Plus, mitigating the risks associated with misidentification were a key factor in their decision to invest in RightPatient® – risks that not only jeopardize patient safety but inhibit Archbold from offering the highest quality care possible.

The RightPatient® enrollment process is safe, secure, and fast. Patients simply have their photo taken and that along with a photograph of their iris are automatically linked to their Siemens EHR so that when a patient returns to the facility, they have another photo taken and their Siemens EHR is automatically accessed eliminating the worries of creating duplicate medical records, overlays, or overlaps. RightPatient® offers a choice of five different biometric modalities (fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, iris, and voice) and Archbold decided to deploy iris biometrics as their modality of choice citing the absence of any physical contact with a biometric hardware device as key to their need in supporting hospital infection control initiatives.

RightPatient® is our patient identity and data integrity platform that utilizes our unique Intrinsic Human Recognition™ technology. It is the industry’s only patient identity and medical data integrity platform that uses fingerprint, vascular, iris, facial, and voice impressions to strengthen patient safety, eliminate fraud and medical identity theft , and reduce provider liability. RightPatient® is built upon the uTrinsic™ platform using a combination of various biometric and human identity variables to ensure seamless patient authentication across any medium and touchpoint. This ubiquity is the best way for providers to generate clean data to lower costs
and secure patient trust.

Proud to be working with the Archbold staff to help strengthen patient safety, eliminate duplicate medical records, and prevent healthcare fraud and identity theft at the point of service with our RightPatient® solution!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit M2SYS Healthcare Solutions at 2014 NAHAM Show

M2SYS Healthcare Solutions delivers innovative patient identification management and medical data integrity solutions.

M2SYS Healthcare Solutions will be in Booth #3307 at the 2014 NAHAM show.

Plan on attending this year’s National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM) show in Hollywood, Florida? My, how time flies. Seems like only last week we were chatting and networking with all of our NAHAM friends at the 2013 annual trade show and 2014’s conference is already upon us.

This is an exciting time to work in patient access management, isn’t it? Never before has there been so much emphasis and urgency on identifying and implementing modern patient identification management and data integrity solutions to help protect patient safety and ensure data is clean, and interoperable within an Enterprise Master Patient Index environment as well as information exchange within an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) and Health Information Exchange (HIE). The first step in patient safety and data integrity is, and always will be – accurate patient identification.

There are a lot of reasons to visit us in Booth #307 at this year’s NAHAM Exhibit Hall, here are the top 5:

#1 We are presenting a learning lab on the benefits of using biometrics for patient ID!

On Thursday May 15th from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. M2SYS Healthcare Solutions will co-present with Novant Health on the benefits of using biometrics for patient ID across the care continuum. We encourage you to attend the Learning Lab but if you aren’t able to make it please stop by our booth in the Exhibit Hall before the session to meet Melanie Wilson, VP of Revenue Cycle, from Novant Health and ask any questions that are on your mind!

#2 – You are serious about improving medical data integrity at your facility

The trustworthiness of health data has never been more significant than it is now in the wake of the industry’s shift towards digitized medicine and the widespread adoption of electronic health records. Many in the industry are aware that the first step in establishing quality medical data is accurate patient identification. Stop by Booth #307 in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about how our patient identity management platform helps strengthen medical data integrity and can be applied across the wide spectrum of patient touchpoints including mobile, patient portals, home health, registration kiosks, and more!

#3 – You have concerns about how to adopt strict patient authentication protocols at every point of patient interaction where access to their demographic, clinical or financial data is facilitated.

The increasing complexity of managing patient identities across the explosion of tools, devices and apps has prompted many healthcare facilities to implement a scalable, ubiquitous authentication platform like RightPatient™ that can be used to identify patients across any medium. Stop by our Booth to learn more about how to establish strong patient ID protocols at any touchpoint and deploy a limitless platform that meets the demands of the new healthcare model.

#4 – Curiosity on how to establish data accuracy across an Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) is getting the best of you.  

One of the pressing problems for healthcare is finding a way to aggregate patient data into a single record to provide safer and more timely care. EMPI software solutions are great for back-end de-duplication, but alone do not address front-end patient authentication needs. RightPatient™  can seamlessly interface with EMPI software so  that patients can be identified in real-time from any location, ensuring accurate and prompt service delivery without missing any important medical history that could affect their care. Stop by Booth #307 to learn more!

#5 – You enjoy giveaways and a chance to win a $250 spa gift certificate 

Yes, we know. Part of the fun of attending the NAHAM conference is scouting the Exhibit Hall, visiting vendors, and picking up some goodies along the way. We won’t disappoint you at Booth #307 – we have some neat show giveaways and a chance for you to enter to win a $250 spa gift certificate! Now, how can you pass up that chance? Please stop and see us!

We hope that everyone has a safe journey to this year’s NAHAM conference and encourage you to stop by and see us, even if it’s just to say hello and pick up some giveaways. We enjoy seeing you and appreciate the opportunity to answer any questions you may have about patient identification and data integrity solutions for healthcare.

See you next week!

Why the ACA is Making Accurate Patient Identification Mission Critical

ACA passage puts the pressure on healthcare to get patient identification right

President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 23, 2010.

The ACA as a Reality

Whether you support or oppose the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the 2010 law that was designed to:

— increase the quality and affordability of health insurance

— lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage

— reduce the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government

the fact of the matter is, the law is not going anywhere. The latest statistics show that approximately 4.2 million people have enrolled in health plans as a result of the ACA, foreshadowing the inevitability that patient visit volume is bound to spike especially when you factor new patients from the ACA along with the looming retirement of baby boomers.

How the ACA Impacts Patient Identification

As the number of visits increases, the potential risk of creating a duplicate medical record and or/overlay also dramatically rises. Not to mention the fact that increases in eligibility for new patients entering the healthcare rolls also means that we could potentially see a precipitous rise in medical identity theft and healthcare fraud, already an egregious problem in the industry evidenced by the most recent Ponemon Institute Report that indicated medical identity theft cases increased by 19% in the last year.

The urgency to adopt and implement salient patient identification systems that provide 100% accuracy and help link a patient to a unique electronic medical record that properly attributes clinical information, especially across Enterprise Master Patient Indexes (EMPIs) where patients may be identified in different locations, is palpable.

The ACA, Data Integrity & Interoperability

As the healthcare industry becomes uber focused on establishing stricter data integrity policies in light of the increased interconnected ecosystem that directly promotes sharing patient data across disparate systems through the use of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), the advent of the ACA places even more pressure on facilities to implement patient identification technologies that eliminate duplicate medical records and other disparities that can negatively effect patient data integrity. Accurate patient identification is the cornerstone of data integrity and must be addressed if any facility has realistic hopes of joining HIEs with a clean conscience that their EHR systems contain exact information and are equipped with modern technology tools to ensure continued integrity.

Several patient identification technologies can play a key role in helping to ensure the transfer of clean patient data by preventing the creation of duplicate medical records and overlays and eliminating the possibility of fraud and medical identity theft at the point of service, especially as the volume of patients exponentially increases from passage of the ACA and aging baby boomers. The key for healthcare providers is choosing a technology that has been tested and certified by accredited and recognized third parties and offers the ability to store a patient’s identity template in a standardized format so information can easily and cleanly be exchanged with other systems.

As the ACA works out it’s kinks, and more people successfully enroll, the need to solidify modern tools that ensure 100% accurate patient identification becomes mission critical.

What are some other potential problems that you think the ACA will cause for patient identification in healthcare? Please share them with us in the comments!

 

New Podcast Sheds Light on Growing Importance of Big Data in Healthcare

Mandi Bishop discusses big data in healthcare for the latest M2SYS Healthcare Solutions healthcare biometrics podcast

Mandi Bishop, Principal at Adaptive Project Solutions, discussed big data in healthcare on our latest podcast.

Big data is a buzzword in the healthcare industry that can cause shivers down the spines of anyone who understands it’s potential to help advance the dual goal of improving population and individual health. Although big data is a not a relatively new term to the healthcare industry, many are just beginning to understand the power it has to radically alter the face of healthcare, but struggle to understand the proper methodologies to harness its power and the coordination of resources needed to make it an effective tool.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Mandi Bishop, (aka @MandiBPro on Twitter) Principal at Adaptive Project Solutions and an expert on big data in healthcare, to get her feedback on what the term “big data” actually means, what the main barriers are to collecting and mining big data, the potential it has to change the face of healthcare, what implication big data has on patient privacy, and much more! To listen to the podcast, please visit our healthcare biometrics podcast page and click on Big Data in Healthcare – How it Promises to Reshape the Industry with Mandi Bishop.

Please feel open to listening in to any of our other healthcare biometrics podcast series as we interview industry professionals on some of the most important topics in the industry. Have an idea for a guest on a future podcast? Drop us an email at: marketing@m2sys.com and let us know your idea!