Biometrics Technology is Reinventing the Healthcare Ecosystem
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Biometrics Technology is Reinventing the Healthcare Ecosystem

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, February 25, 2019

Biometrics Technology in HealthcareAs biometric technology makes its way into healthcare, the privacy concerns linger around it. But one doesn’t realize the crucial aspects of healthcare which is to prioritize the safety of people and biometrics is the solution for it. Biometric authentication can drive up clinical standards, protect staff and patients and help in reducing the fraudulent activities especially in a hospital environment; it can make a life-changing difference.

1. Medical Records: Healthcare practitioners view records for reasons like research, individual treatment plans, or payment schedules. However, these medical records contain sensitive data and access to such records must be taken care of. Although many organizations have robust protocols concerning the entrance of this data they rely on outdated authentication modes like PINs, and passwords which is why they are vulnerable to breaches.

Healthcare providers are looking forward to digitizing the information, which includes medical records, the vulnerability of outdated protocols leads to financial and reputational concerns. Healthcare organizations that mistakenly allow the wrong people to access these records may incur significant penalties which will further cost the reputation of an organization. 

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Fingerprint biometric authentication reduces such risk factors unlike PINs and passwords which can be easily traced and quickly forgotten as well; however, fingerprints cannot be stolen or copied. That’s why biometric authentication is the perfect fit when security is paramount.

2. Fraudulent activities: Organizations are mostly fighting frauds. The money that could have been spent on medical care goes towards fighting crime instead. Other types of fraud include individuals who have no intention of settling the medical bills and who use multiple fake ideas to abuse health provision. Then there is another category of frauds wherein patient data is stored. As patients frequently change their names and addresses, these stringently-managed databases tend to contain duplicate records or out-of-date information. However, if patients’ identities are verified using fingerprints the risks of misidentification is highly reduced.

3. Safety is the priority: Safety is highly important in healthcare, and therefore there are places in the hospital premises which allow only staff entry which can be accessed through codes or swipe card entry. Fingerprint authentication is a better alternative to PINs and passwords. Clinicians must be certain of every patient’s ID as these cards are linked to their records, treatment plans, blood type and even body parts that need to be transplanted.  If patients are linked by smart ID card, the risk of error is dramatically reduced.

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