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Lava Group to distribute RightPatient biometric patient identification solution in Ireland


In an effort to increase patient safety and reduce cases of misidentification in hospitals, Ireland’s Lava Group has partnered with RightPatient to bring biometric patient identification to Ireland.

The Lava Group will be a distributor in Ireland of RightPatient, a versatile and scalable platform that recognizes patients from any encounter end point by simply taking their picture.

“The Lava Group is an important partner to help us expand our footprint and solve the global patient identity challenge,” said Michael Trader, co-founder and president of RightPatient. “Accurate patient identification is the precursor to quality healthcare and it has a tremendous impact in reducing medical errors, preventing fraud, and enhancing the patient experience.”

Patients registering at hospitals will take their picture with the RightPatient biometric camera and the system will link the photo and unique iris pattern to their medical record. When patients take their picture upon subsequent visits, RightPatient quickly and accurately identifies them, retrieves the correct record and displays the patient photo for two-factor authentication.

The contactless solution can integrate with all major electronic health record (EHR) systems and is also able to accurate identify unconscious and disoriented patients.

Gareth Morrison, CEO of The Lava Group, said: “Our partnership with RightPatient in Georgia is a major step forward in our plan to introduce biometrics into the health service in Northern Ireland. We know that this product could have a positive impact on patient care, most notably by enhancing safety on several levels.

“At the moment patients must relay their medical history every time a new doctor comes to see them. Those who arrive into hospital unconscious or disorientated cannot be effectively identified which means there is no way to access their medical history, check allergies or contact relatives.”

Mr Morrison added: “The Lava Group has been developing software and biometric technology solutions for the criminal justice market for many years and we believe that our experience in inmate care will place us in a strong position to deliver this product effectively in Ireland. Last year we expanded our team by 50 per cent, with employee numbers rising from 13 to 20. We experienced a significant increase in existing business while also benefitting from a targeted strategy which has seen us diversify into new markets and industries, including connected health.”

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