Florida bill requiring biometrics for patient identity verification raises concerns

Florida House Bill 1299, sponsored by Rep. Dane Eagle, has a provision that would require Florida hospitals to install software that allows them to use biometrics and the state driver’s license database to verify Medicaid patients identification, according to a report by the St. Augustine Record. Medicaid is a social health care program for families and individuals with low income and limited resources. When the bill came up for a vote last month in the House Children, Families and Seniors

GenKey healthcare solution shortlisted for Africa Healthcare Award

GenKey’s biometrics based healthcare solution has been shortlisted for the ‘Solution of the Year Award’ in the category ‘Awards for Technology and Solution Providers Operating in Africa and/or Exporting to Africa’. The Africa Healthcare Awards recognize excellence and achievements in the field of African healthcare provision; as well as recognizing new international solutions and technologies that have the potential to create positive change in Africa. The awards are judged by an expert panel drawn from senior management from African hospitals,

RX Safes releases biometrics-secured portable electronic health record device

Biometric medical security solutions provider Rx Safes announced the availability of its portable electronic health record (EHR) device called the Rx SafeEHR™. The Rx SafeEHR™ is a HIPAA compliant, fingerprint-secured portable storage device that allows for the secure storage and transmission of sensitive patient information between healthcare systems, providers and patients. The information on the device can only be accessed by the patient or persons authorized by the patient, using RX Safes’ biometric authentication platform and then downloaded directly to

More investment for Intelligent Fingerprinting mobile drug screening solution

In its latest funding round, UK-based Intelligent Fingerprinting has raised £2.5 million ($3.6M USD) investment from private UK and US investors, according to a report by Business Weekly. Intelligent Fingerprinting’s mobile drug screening device collects and analyzes sweat from an individual’s fingerprint to provide data on recent drug use, achieving results in under ten minutes. Last October, the company presented evaluation data from its pilot project testing the potential use of its new mobile drug screening device by coroners and

Biometrics and healthcare, cybersecurity, voter registration and law enforcement trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Healthcare The National Patient ID Challenge encourages innovators to participate in the creation and adoption of a private, secure and safe solution to ensure 100% accuracy in identifying patients in the U.S. In the first round entrants design a concept to solve the patient ID challenge and the final round will entail building prototypes to demonstrate the functionality and performance of the

SimPrints founders recognized by Forbes for fingerprint solution for healthcare access

SimPrints co-founders Toby Norman, Tristram Norman and Daniel Storisteanu have been recognized in the 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs list for their impact in developing medical record-keeping technology for developing countries. SimPrints, which is partly funded by the Gates Foundation, has developed a pocket-sized fingerprint scanner that provides individuals in the developing world improved healthcare with an easy way to access medical records of patients in the developing world. According to its website, SimPrints also sees application of

MedicFP incorporates Fujitsu’s palm-vein biometrics into its patient identity solution

MedicFP LLC and Fujitsu will debut a patient identity validation solution that uses palm vein biometrics at the Health IT Conference for 2016 (HIMSS16). According to a report in Healthcare IT News, MedicFP CEO Wendell Elms said that MedicFP is incorporating Fujitsu’s palm vein biometric solution as part of MedicFP’s Verify product, which is used to confirm a patient’s identity and eligibility before service is rendered or a claim is created. At the point of care, a provider can use

Rx Safes enters licensing agreement with Talon Brands

Biometric medical security solutions provider Rx Safes Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Talon Brands LLC, a manufacturer and seller of fingerprint products, for the rights to sell various fingerprint technology products in North America. Rx Safes provides biometric medical security solutions for the prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drug security sectors to address Rx and OTC drug diversion and abuse. This is the first licensing agreement for Rx Safes and introduces a new source of revenue for the

CHIME $1M challenge driving the next big breakthrough in patient identification

The National Patient ID Challenge, a College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) initiative, is a year-long, $1-million effort to encourage innovators from around the world to participate in the creation and adoption of a private, secure and safe solution for ensuring 100 percent accuracy in identifying patients in the U.S. The challenge has two phases. The first phase is the “Concept Blitz Round”, where entrants design a concept for solving the national patient identification challenge. The second phase is

AiCure wins venture capital funding for medication adherence platform

AiCure recently closed a Series A fundraising round of US$12.25 million from a venture capital consortium led by New Leaf Venture Partners, with additional participation from Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Tribeca Venture Partners, and Biomatics Capital, established by Boris Nikolic, former Chief Advisor for Science and Technology to Bill Gates. AiCure is an artificial intelligence company claiming to connect the world’s patients to better treatments, in turn, improving health. The firm takes advantage of the imaging and computing power of