September 7, 2016 -
Using PatientSecure’s infrared light technology, Florida Hospital Heartland is able to scan and image veins in an individual’s palms to register and identify patients.
The device then links the unique biometric characteristics to each patient’s electronic health record, verifying that the person is who they claim to be.
“PatientSecure provides a safe, secure, confidential, and easy way for our patients to register for care. It not only protects privacy and improves convenience, but it also enhances record accuracy by preventing duplications,” said Brittney Stricklin, director of patient access and admitting at Florida Hospital Heartland.
The palm vein technology streamlines a hospital’s registration process by automatically bringing up a patient’s record.
The device provides extra protection from medical identity theft and ensures patients are correctly linked to their unique medical records.
“One of the first and most important steps in the care delivery process is accurate patient identification,” said Brent Snyder, chief information officer for Adventist Health System. “PatientSecure gives our facilities an advanced tool to digitally link each patient to their unique personal health record.”
In the event that an patient without identification arrives at Florida Hospital Heartland unconscious or unable to communicate, PatientSecure can be a “lifesaving tool that quickly identifies the individual, opens their electronic health record, and alerts medical professionals to crucial information, including medical history, allergies and current medications,” the hospital said.