October 23, 2012 -
Since July, the Holzer Health Systems in southeastern Ohio, in partnership with biometric firm CrossChx, have voluntarily enrolled over 20,000 outpatients in its medical identity protection system.
Holzer Health Systems offers a wide and comprehensive range of services, including the advanced hospital, diagnostics, and healthcare treatment services.
As BiometricUpdate reported in July, the medical identity protection system allows pharmacists who dispense highly addictive drugs to use biometric authentication to compare health records from multiple sources to confirm the eligibility of a patient to receive a prescription.
With a two-factor combination of fingerprint and photo identification, a pharmacist is able to receive patient information and confirm a patient’s identity. The company believes the program is necessary to protect consumers accessing medical services.
According to statistics, at least 1.85 million Americans fall prey to medical identity theft each year, which costs the U.S. health care system US$43.1 billion annually. By using a biometrics identity protection system, Holzer is able to protect its customers from identity theft and loss of drug inventory that often can cost thousands of dollars per instance of theft.