Electronics major, Hitachi America, and Software Solutions provider, Medibase Solutions have jointly deployed Hitachi’s new Finger vein authentication technology called BASEmetric, at two hospitals of the Ohio Health System.
The hospitals already use Medibase’s identity management products for patient registration. Hitachi’s Finger vein scanners can be integrated with this technology to facilitate accurate patient identification. The biometric signature of patients will be linked to their demographic data in order to accurately identify new or returning patients.
The Identity Theft Red Flag regulations set down under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act makes it mandatory for health care providers to preserve the integrity of patient medical records in order to facilitate correct diagnosis and administration of proper medical treatment. The regulations also call for securing the medical records against identity theft. The I.T. Manager for the Ohio Health System stated that the new biometric technology would help the hospitals safeguard patient safety and privacy. Philip Gardner, Medibase Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Lew Iadarola, Manager, VeinID Sales for Hitachi concurred that this is a key step in complying with FTC regulations.