Frequently Asked Questions 2017-07-29T02:33:45+00:00
What is Privasent? 2017-07-29T02:33:47+00:00

blog_5Privasent is a new way for providers to identify patients when they come for care. This new way of keeping track of a person’s medical record uses a smart card and an image of the patient’s hand’s vein patterns. A smart card can only be read by a special computerized card reader. The information on the card identifies the patient and can be used only when the patient’s palm is scanned. The card will then link to a unique identifier. That identifier can be found only when the card and the patient’s palm are both scanned. The card and the palm scan must match. The unique identity is associated with the patient’s medical record identifier. A provider can then do this for each visit when the patient comes back for care.

Privasent provides unique and absolute healthcare identification, and ensures that a patient’s identity is linked to the correct, unique electronic health record.

Why Should Patients Be Concerned about Accurate Patient Identification? 2017-07-29T02:33:47+00:00

Patient and DoctorEach patient is one of a kind and has unique needs. Because people have different blood types, different allergies, and take different medications, each person has his or her own special medical record that belongs to them alone.

Sometimes mistakes are made when registering a person at the hospital. For example, problems can arise when two people have similar names, when names are misspelled, or when people have more than one last name that is hyphenated. By using a Privasent card and a palm scan, healthcare providers can be sure that they have the right person every time.

What about Electronic Health Records (EHRs)? 2017-07-29T02:33:47+00:00

Choose CarefullyElectronic health record (EHR) adoption and participation in health information exchanges have both been accelerated by financial incentives and the emergence of enhanced technologies. More than 291,000 physicians and 3,800 hospital EHRs make electronic records more easily accessed and enable care providers to make medical decisions based on a comprehensive look at a patient’s health history.

While EHRs have the potential to significantly improve the quality of care and patient outcomes, the race to implement and share them must be balanced by technology that will protect privacy and ensure accurate healthcare identification. Of critical importance to both the exchange and consolidation of a patient’s health data is the assurance that the individual identified in each record is absolutely the same patient, not probably the same patient. Privasent uses a combination of smart cards, biometrics and cloud-based software. The pairing of smart cards and biometrics provides a foundation for a scalable platform that is the best method to provide unique healthcare identification while securing your patient’s’ privacy.

As a Patient, How Can I Protect My Healthcare Identity? 2017-07-29T02:33:47+00:00

Protect Your Healthcare IdentityOne card and a quick scan of your palm is all you need to protect your healthcare identity.

Bring your Privasent card on each visit and scan your palm at check-in.

By using your Privasent card, we can be 100% certain that the doctors and nurses are using only your medical record when caring for you.

Rest easy that your health identity is protected and that you are receiving the best healthcare possible by choosing Privasent.

How Does Privasent Provide Accurate Patient Identification? 2017-07-29T02:33:47+00:00

Accurate Patient IdentificationIn today’s brave new world of healthcare, patient volumes are growing, electronic health records are commonplace, and clinical collaboration is critical to improving patient care and ensuring financial viability. Accurate patient identification is strategic and essential for clinical collaboration — when done correctly it enables improved patient outcomes or when done incorrectly it allows life-threatening mistakes due to misidentification somewhere in the series of care. In the past, moving to a national, unique and absolute patient identifier posed too much of a privacy risk, until Privasent.

Privasent Cloud
Secure and distinct databases creating unique instances for each identity and its associated EHR histories.

Privasent Identification Devices
Biometric identification combined with encryption and smart card technologies for a secure, private patient identification process.

Privasent Application
Secure applications for enrollment and registration, identity validation, and EHR location queries.

Why Use Privasent for Patient Registration? 2017-07-29T02:33:47+00:00

What's in a Name?Unlike other patient identification solutions out there, Privasent utilizes smart card technology to establish identity certitude no matter where a patient goes for care. It is very important that each caregiver be able to look at a patient’s medical history and know that it is only that patient’s and that it is complete. This is important no matter where the patient goes for care. Each caregiver must know exactly who the patient is so that he or she is updating the patient’s medical record with the correct patient’s information.

Consider this healthcare misidentification scenario and the associated risks. In 2010, a hospital in Maryland misidentified a retired local sheriff. As they prepped him for surgery to remove a cancerous tumor that wasn’t actually there, his wife noticed that the hospital had secured the medical ID bracelet of a different patient to his wrist. Luckily, the sheriff walked away with his life and then sued the hospital winning over $12 million in the settlement.