Accurate Patient Matching with Biometrics

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

In the future, while patients enter the hospital, the healthcare system will easily recognize and list the health information before they utter any information about them. The physicians would be able to get the information within a fraction of seconds. Even before beings greeted by a human, the information of patient will be in the hands of the nurse or the physician. Using biometric facial recognition, a physician can gather all essential details, leaving minimal data entry behind.

The presence of duplicate patient record increases the overall risks for healthcare providers and patients. Northwell, a non-profit healthcare provider, has started its initial step in patient recognition to avoid duplicates in the patient data. As a beginning, they have begun to use biometric authentication via the iris of its patients. The iris recognition has taken place initially at two places. After getting the patients to report, their iris are recognized and saved along with the report. During their next visit, they can access the report using their iris.

There is no doubt that the biometric provides a significant leap in today’s era, thereby enhancing a patient’s way of life. There are a plethora of advantages in linking a patient’s biometrics along with their reports. Many healthcare providers have been using biometrics to keep patient data unique. The security of patient information is essential. And so, experts decide to go for the biometric-based patient records. Like fingerprints, every human has unique physical characteristics like the iris of the eye, palm vein patterns, and the face. With the biometrics, the hospital can keep data integrity and safeguard patient information.

Using biometrics in healthcare industry helps the patient to save money. Whittling duplicate patient records save both time and money. On the contrary, there are some wrong factors to focus upon regarding biometrics used in the Healthcare Information Exchange. The biometric process will not find a solution for the repetition of the patient’s records.

If every hospital uses different biometric modalities, it is difficult to access patient information through biometrics. In such cases, healthcare centers can go for the demographics-based patient matching technology. In order to get end-to-end benefits in the biometric and patient matching technology, healthcare facilities need to prefer referential matching.

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