Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center adds biometric technology to improve efficiency and security

Omnicell announced that it will provide Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with pharmacy, nursing and data analytics solutions to improve overall workflow efficiencies and patient care. To be installed in 2015, Omnicell’s Unity enterprise platform will support the academic medical center with automated medication management solutions across its three hospitals. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center performed a thorough evaluation process of Unity platform, which involved many of the center’s users, including those in pharmacy, nursing,

Professional sports teams and athletes driving wearable technology

Wearable technology has quickly become a mainstream practice in professional sports, as many athletes and teams are using clothing and equipment with embedded sensors which track and record data on heart rates, speed, workload and distance, according to a report by The Financial Post. In its May research report, IHS Technology projected that global revenue for sports, fitness and activity monitors will see a huge spike from US$1.9-billion in 2013 to reach US$2.8-billion by 2019. IHS Technology attributes the demand

Fingerprint scanner identifies subsurface skin characteristics to diagnose healthcare fraud in S. Africa

Fingerprint sensors that identify unique tissue properties of the finger are being rolled out in South Africa to combat identity theft to access health services. According to a report from eHealth News, South Africa’s National Department of Health has chosen to use biometrics to combat fraud practices, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex. In particular, patients may pretend to be someone else to use their medical aid benefits, which could be fraudulently billed to medical aid organisations. The fingerprint

MedBox raises $2.5 million in financing

Medbox, a software and biometrics developer for medicine dispensing systems, has raised $2.5 million, according to an SEC filing. Based in Los Angeles, California, MedBox provides pharmacy dispensing technology for the legal cannabis industry. When new customers at a legal cannabis dispensary fill out an application and show their state-issued medical marijuana card to pharmacists, they also provide them with a fingerprint sample to verify their identity after each purchase. Using biometric technologies, the dispensing units regulate the amount of

Securiport provides biometric immigration control system to reduce spread of the Ebola virus

Securiport announced it is providing advanced biometric screening technologies to aid government and health organizations in reducing the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Additionally, the company is providing thorough contact tracing data analytics to help these organizations more effectively monitor and control the spread of the virus, diminish the health risks and reduce the economic impact. Securiport has implemented its immigration control systems, free of cost, to local governments in seven West African nations. This includes Sierra

Lumidigm demos biometric sensors at bank security conference in Miami

Lumidigm has been demonstrating fingerprint technology at CELAES 2014, the FELABAN Conference on Bank Security in Miami this week. Lumidigm’s products, which have been deployed at five of the top six banks in Brazil, continue to be used throughout banks and financial institutions in the Latin American market to significantly improve consumer experience and boost the security of ATM transactions. The company’s products are also being used to protect the security and privacy of other transactions such as those related

Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 21

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: spoofing finger vein recognition, biometric passports for Haiti, biometric database of HIV patients, voice biometric banking app, FBI’s NGI database, Fujitsu deal with Biyo, MasterCard biometrics pilot, Alipay select Nok Nok, Suprema access control, VoiceTrust share exchange, new funding. Tabula Rasa video demonstrates spoofing in a commercial finger vein recognition device – The video shows how enrollment of

Health IT in the Cloud: Moving From “Nice to Have” to “Mandatory”

This is a guest post by Mohammad Shahnewaz, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at M2SYS Technology. 83% of IT executives report they are using cloud services today for healthcare IT according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey. Health IT is moving to cloud and it’s no longer a “nice to have.” – It has become a necessity. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 set in motion a series of strict compliance requirements for the healthcare industry.

Biometric registration for HIV patients in Kenya mandatory

The Kenyan government will enforce a new rule starting in January that makes it mandatory for all HIV/AIDS patients living in Homa Bay and Mombasa counties to undergo biometric registration, according to The Star. Martin Sirengo, head of National Aids and STI Control Program, said the program will be expanded to other counties in March. The project’s concept note has been completed and the Ministry of Health is now working towards implementing the program, sad Sirengo. Those patients who are

SIBA chairman discusses responsible use of biometrics in private and public sectors

In a statement released yesterday, Paul Schuepp, chairman of the board at the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) discussed the importance of responsible use of biometric technologies in commercial and government sectors. “The biometric community has the ability and responsibility to proactively engage the most pressing economic and national security policy issues that involve human access or identification facing the United States today,” said Schuepp. “The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association is the non-profit trade association poised to do