Arizona State University researchers develop biometric identification tool for medical apps

Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) have developed a new biometric identification solution that uses electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) health measurement signals to improve the security of apps, according to a report by iMedical Apps. Dr. Sandeep Gupta, a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, and his team of researchers at ASU have created a new method to use ECG and PPG signals to generate user-specific keys to access a specific app. The method currently requires the

Healthcare biometrics market to grow to US$5.8 billion in 2019: Transparency Market Research

Transparency Market Research published a 97-page report which states that the worldwide market for healthcare biometrics is largely driven by mounting security concerns of the global healthcare industry. According Transparency’s findings, medical insurance providers and workers in various healthcare services and facilities advocate the need for biometrics in an industry that is rather data sensitive. The report forecasts that the global healthcare biometrics market will grow to US$5.8 billion in 2019, from approximately US$1.2 billion in 2012. The market will

Precise Biometrics smartcard reader approved for usage with Swedish healthcare system Pascal

Precise Biometrics announced that its smart card reader Tactivo has been approved for usage with Swedish national healthcare system Pascal, a mobile prescription solution for dose packaged medicals used by nurses, doctors and midwives. The Tactivo smart card reader utilizes strong two-factor authentication by combining smart card and fingerprint verification or smart card and PIN code. The solution with Tactivo provides swift and secure access to the prescription tool Pascal from iPhone or iPad using SITHS-card login, an identification card

CrossChx raises $15M, takes biometric patient identification platform nationwide

CrossChx has recently raised $15 million in Series B funding, bringing the healthcare identity solution company’s total funding to more than $20 million. Using unique algorithms to resolve identities of nearly 15 million patients in its network, CrossChx combines patient information from healthcare providers to create unique global identities for every patient with its proprietary flagship technology, SafeChx software, verifying patient identity through fingerprint scanning and alerting hospitals to potential medical record errors. “Nearly 60-percent of medical error deaths are

Fujitsu releases PalmSecure multi-factor authentication device

Fujitsu announced it has released its PalmSecure ID Match authentication device, which combines multi-factor verification of card and PIN with the individual’s unique palm-vein scan to optimize security. The contactless solution comprises a PalmSecure sensor, a touchscreen, and ARM processor board, and a multi-card reader. The device is similar to compact point of sale units, enabling organizations to easily develop their own specific applications which protect access, data and payments. Additionally, companies and consumers are able to maximum security for

Authentify, LifeMed ID partner on mobile patient ID authentication solution

Authentify, Inc. announced it has partnered with LifeMed ID, Inc. to provide “Better Together”, a combined mobile patient authentication solution with automated registration workflow for patient identity validation, accurate medical record matching, insurance verification and payment processing in healthcare. The “Better Together” solution adheres to NIST Electronic Authentication Guidelines for Level of Assurance three. Patients can download the combined Authentify and LifeMed ID mobile application and use it as their identity token at registration to verify their identity at any

Biometrics combined with big data will impact the healthcare industry

Biometric sensors embedded in smartphones combined with big data could potentially impact the entire healthcare industry in the future, said a biometric expert at SXSW, according to a report by Mashable. Dr. Leslie Saxon, founder of Body Computing at USC, discussed at a biometrics-themed panel how in the future, smartphones will collect biometric data for different applications, ranging from individual medical records to predicting a major disease outbreak. “Imagine if you’re checking your phone 150 times a day — which

Frost & Sullivan hosts webinar that addresses the future of biometrics

Frost & Sullivan will host a free webinar titled, “The Future of Biometrics” on March 17 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST. The webinar will address the potential of the biometric market and its impact on current businesses. Individuals who attend the webinar will learn how biometrics can effectively increase convergence and growth in other markets. The webinar will cover a number of key topics, including the impact the biometric market will have on the retail, finance and healthcare

Rx DrugSAFE uses biometrics to help prevent prescription drug abuse

Security safes firm Rx DrugSAFE is using biometric fingerprint technology to securely store prescription medications in lock boxes to prevent unintentional overdoses, according to a report by Med City News. Rx DrugSAFE is currently developing a prototype that would use a fingerprint sensor to control who accesses the pain relievers, as well as their dosage, said Rx DrugSAFE principal Lorraine Yarde. Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States, with 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United

SNEDAI partners with Zetes for biometric ID card registration and production

The Ivory Coast’s SNEDAI, the national company for the issuing of administrative identification documents, has partnered with Zetes to collect biometric details and produce identification cards for the four million people covered by the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM), according to a report by Data News. The project is designed to ensure that the fund’s compensation system runs efficiently for members. For the next seven years, the company will be heavily focused on the production of cards for the CNAM.