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Product launches and demos at HIMSS showcase spread of biometrics to protect healthcare records


Several companies have launched or showcased new products to protect sensitive health care data with biometrics at the HIMSS 2018 conference this week in Las Vegas. Hewlett Packard has launched a new portfolio of products specifically designed for the healthcare industry, with integrated RFID and biometrics, NextGate is demonstrating its latest patient matching and cloud-based identity software, and Fujitsu America is introducing its new enterprise-level patient engagement platform.

The new HP devices, dubbed HP Healthcare Edition, include the HP EliteBook 840 G5 Healthcare Edition Notebook, the HP EliteOne 800 G4 23.8 Healthcare Edition All-in-One (AiO), and the HP Healthcare Edition HC270cr Clinical Review Display, Healthcare IT News reports. The first two have integrated biometrics, while all three include RFID capabilities to support single sign-on authentication. They also include hardware and software features to facilitate germicidal cleaning, prevent visual hacking, and optimize collaboration.

The AiO features a dual-facing pop-camera for patient registration and badge issuing, with an option for enhanced privacy when it is not in use. The AiO and Clinical Review Display are expected to reach the market in June, while the Notebook is expected to be available in May.

Ponemon research shows more than 16 million healthcare records were exposed or stolen in 2016, with an average cost of $355 per record in the U.S., indicating the value of investing in healthcare record security.

NextGate is previewing the new address resolution and geocode optimization capabilities of its Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI), which the company says is the first fully managed cloud-based identity matching platform, as well as other biometric and cloud-based innovations for the health care sector. NextGate’s facial recognition technology is featured in HealthWare Systems’ ActiveTRACK real-time patient tracking platform, which HealthWare is demonstrating at HIMSS.

Fujitsu has launched its MedClick platform at HIMSS. MedClick is secured by the company’s multimodal Biometrics-as-a-Service to enable medical teams to remotely monitor and support patients outside of healthcare facilities. It provides mobile, secure, two-way communications between healthcare providers and patients to streamline workflows and improve medication adherence, chronic condition management, and care team communication, according to the announcement. MedClick also includes Fujitsu’s Secure DirectClick to provide encrypted real-time multi-channel communications and data capture via smartphones or tablets.

Credence Research estimates the global healthcare biometrics market will grow at a 22.9 percent CAGR through 2025.

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