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How biometric technology is reinventing patient identification

How biometric technology is reinventing patient identification

It’s hard to care for patients if you don’t know who they are. Yet while patient identification systems have come a long way since the advent of electronic records, problems still arise when patient data are shared between institutions that use different identifiers and record systems.

Sometimes, the patient matching process erroneously combines records from two different patients into one. Other times, it splits one record into two, creating duplicate records that make accurate retrieval of patient information difficult.

Biometric technology solves this problem using something we always have on us: our fingerprints or faces. Identifiers like addresses, names and phone numbers can change. Different people share the same names and birthdays. But biometric markers are unique to each individual. They provide the highest level of identity assurance, and they can’t be lost or forgotten.

This eBook by HID Global explores how biometrics are helping the healthcare industry reinvent patient identification — delivering secure, coordinated cross-platform care without compromising trust or security.

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