CHIME names finalists for $1M national patient ID technology contest

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ has named four finalists in its $1 million National Patient ID Challenge, aimed at developing a solution that ensures 100 percent accuracy of patient’s health data to reduce preventable medical errors, according to a report by Health Data Management. Correctly identifying patients continues to be a top challenge for healthcare organizations, with cases of misidentification negatively affecting patient care. “The time is now to solve this problem,” said Liz Johnson, chair of CHIME’s

University of Surrey testing blockchain for wearable biometric data‎ storage and analysis

The University of Surrey has won funding for three blockchain initiatives focused on healthcare, voting and digital archives that will store and analyze wearable biometric data, according to a report by V3. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is providing the university with a total of £1.1 million (US$1.4 million) for three bids that use distributed ledger technology (DLT), the technology behind blockchain that is used in Bitcoin currency. The first project, ‘Co-operative Models for Evidence-based Healthcare Redistribution’

Simprints lands grand prize at Women Startup Challenge Europe

Fingerprint technology firm Simprints, and its co-founder Alexandra Grigore, are the grand prize winner of the Women Startup Challenge Europe. Simprints is a nonprofit tech company from the University of Cambridge that is building an affordable, secure, rugged, open-source fingerprint system that works in the world’s toughest settings. Its technology creates a unique digital identity based on a fingerprint, allowing healthcare workers in remote areas to access patient records on a mobile device. The algorithm in the biometric scanner is

New report on healthcare biometrics released

Biometrics will continue to drive technological transformation within the global healthcare market, according to a new report published by the Biometrics Research Group Inc., the publisher of BiometricUpdate.com. Transformation, according to the report, will be driven by biometric solutions that will provide meaningful cost savings through fraud reduction and increased workplace efficiency. A key objective of these technologies also will be the improvement and expansion of care delivery over the long term. The research firm projects that the entire global

Special Report: Biometrics in Healthcare

This white paper by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. provides an overview of the healthcare biometrics market (PDF). Biometrics will continue to drive technological transformation within the global healthcare market to provide meaningful cost savings through fraud reduction and increased workplace efficiency, while simultaneously improving and expanding care delivery to patients over the long term. click to download the report (PDF) Biometrics Research Group, Inc. estimates that the entire global marketplace for biometric solutions in the healthcare market will reach approximately

NIH study proves effectiveness of facial recognition medication adherence tool

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a new study that proves the effectiveness of AiCure‘s medication adherence solution, which uses a form of artificial intelligence (AI) for facial recognition to confirm that patients have taken the correct medication, according to a report by Med City News. The findings, which were published in the medical journal Stroke, were based on a 12-week randomized controlled trial that measured the tool’s effect on adherence rates for diabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban and warfarin

Wipro, NextGate to build eMPI solution for NHS Scotland

Wipro Limited has been awarded a 12-year contract from National Health Board (NHS) Scotland to develop an enterprise master patient index (eMPI) solution. The solution, which will be hosted in Scotland, will enable the healthcare organization to shift from its current legacy community health index system (CHI) to offer cost effective, efficient, paperless and patient-friendly healthcare services throughout the country. “We are pleased to be working with Wipro, a leading global information technology company and NextGate, the leader in healthcare

Fingerprint authentication used to prevent dual enrollment in clinical trials

Celerion has implemented Verified Clinical Trials (VCT) biometric fingerprint technology to identify participants that are currently enrolled in other clinical studies. VCT’s biometric fingerprint technology will augment the accuracy and speed of the verifications performed at Celerion facilities utilizing the VCT global clinical database registry. “Our focus has always been to help our clients get their drugs to market and protect the safety and well-being of our participants. The VCT database registry enhances our ability to achieve both of those

Biometric patient authentication growing throughout healthcare market

The healthcare market is exploring a range of applications for biometric patient identity verification to reduce fraud and human error, and improve outcomes, as shown by a series of announcements over the latter part of February. Healthcare IT security company Imprivata announced this week that it has expanded its PatientSecure patient identification platform. Patient misidentification has become rampant, Impriveta says, impacting patient care and hospital’s financial results. To combat this problem, PatientSecure now features self-service patient registration workflows, and identity

HID Global’s healthcare ID technology trends point to the growing role of biometrics

HID Global has shared three key identification technology trends emerging in the healthcare sector, which include integrated, compliant systems that are both convenient and connected; connected environments that drive the need to ensure the Internet of Trusted Things (IoTT); and the increasing role of biometrics in patient and provider authentication and EPCS applications. The increasing use of trusted identities in the healthcare sector is driving the demand for advanced smart card technologies and mobile solutions. As the industry shifts its