August 14, 2017 -
In an effort to address patient misidentification concerns, the Community Hospital Anderson of Indiana has deployed Imprivata PatientSecure.
Imprivata PatientSecure creates a 1:1 link between patients and their unique medical records using biometric identification, eliminating duplicate patient medical records that can complicate treatment, prevent medical identity theft and insurance card sharing.
“At Community Hospital Anderson, we believe that positive patient identification is the foundation of accurate, quality care,” said Beth Tharp, MBA, BSN, RN, President and CEO of Community Hospital Anderson. “Imprivata PatientSecure helps us prevent misidentification and eliminate the safety and financial risks associated with duplicate medical records through a streamlined registration process. When we positively identify our patients, we can proceed with the appropriate care and ensure the safety of our patients.”
According to the Ponemon Institute 2016 National Patient Misidentification Report, patient misidentification costs the average clinician 28.2 minutes in wasted time per shift, with the average healthcare facility losing $17.4 million per year in denied claims and potential lost revenue. Imprivata PatientSecure allows healthcare systems to improve patient safety, quickly identifying patients positively at any point of entry, including self-serve kiosk, registration desk or point of care, including non-responsive patients in the ER.
“As a practicing physician, it is critical for me to have a complete medical history available in order to provide the most effective care,” said Dr. Sean Kelly, Chief Medical Officer for Imprivata. “Imprivata is advancing patient safety by helping minimize the risk of patient misidentification through our biometric patient identification solution.”