Medical Technology for Identification: Smart Cards for Patients

Healthcare professionals have a lot to worry about these days. They need to balance both rising healthcare costs and rising technology costs. The challenge is not only to secure the funding for new technology, but also to weigh the potential benefits of new and emerging technology against the costs. Serious consideration must be given to the consequences of technology adoption for legacy systems, life-cycle costs, and long-term technology evolution. The Smart Card Revolution Over the past few years, the use of smart cards for patients in the healthcare sector has grown significantly worldwide. Current programs focus on patient identification, which includes streamlining admissions, eliminating duplicate records, and managing payments. Healthcare organizations are implementing health-related smart cards, which support a wide variety of features and applications. The impact of health smart cards for patients can be seen in several ways. These smart cards: Improve the security and privacy of patient information Provide the facility with a secure carrier for portable medical records Reduce healthcare fraud Support new processes associated with portable medical records Provide secure access to emergency medical information Lead providers straight to the appropriate record when communication is difficult Enable compliance with government initiatives and mandates Provide a platform upon which other healthcare applications can be implemented as needed Smart Cards for Patients See Worldwide Implementation Various countries with national healthcare programs have deployed smart card systems. The largest is the German solution, which deployed over 80,000,000 smart cards for patients in Germany and Austria. German health smart cards are used to manage billing between various health insurance companies for all services received by the public. Patients also actively use healthcare smart cards in France, Italy, Australia, and Taiwan. Canada also plans to implement a [...]

By | 2017-10-25T18:19:54+00:00 Tuesday, March 27, 2018|Categories: Smart Card Tech|Tags: |0 Comments

6 Reasons to Adopt Biometric Patient Identification

Biometric patient identification is the most accurate way to positively identify a patient. Biometric patient identification comes in a variety of forms ranging from facial and voice recognition to finger prints, palm vein scans and retinal and iris scans. Each method has its pros and cons, but there is no disagreement that it is a far superior way to achieve absolute patient identity over the current methods of demographic patient identification. The reasons why biometric patient identification is superior: 1.  Increased patient safety Because you have absolute assurance that you have the right patient, you can reliably access each patient’s complete medical history. The Joint Commission’s listed improving the accuracy of patient identification as the #1 National Patient Safety Goal for hospitals in 2016. 2. Prevent duplicate medical records Because biometric patient identification absolutely identifies a patient, there is no doubt that the right patient has been selected. Duplicate errors are almost impossible to create. The average cost of correcting a duplicate error is about $100. HIMSS estimates that most hospitals have a 8%-12% duplicate error rate. A healthcare facility with 500,000 registrations a year and a 10% error rate could be spending as much as $5 million dollars a year correcting duplicate records. 3. Eliminate medical identity theft Patients can only claim one identity after enrollment. On repeat visits the patient will be identified by their biometric, preventing medical identify fraud. The Ponemon Institute has been doing surveys of medical identity theft over the past five years. They have found that it is increasing yearly in double digits. Although not all medical identity fraud is perpetrated in person, about 20% of the time it is. Biometric patient identification could eliminate in person identity theft. 4. Reduce medical billing errors The [...]

By | 2017-10-25T17:59:31+00:00 Tuesday, October 17, 2017|Categories: Absolute Identity|Tags: , |0 Comments

3 Systems That Help You Maintain Patient Records (with a Focus on Absolute Identity)

In this article, we’re going to explore some of the different software that providers use to maintain patient records and how they impact patient identification. Some systems are built exclusively for record keeping purposes, like EHR systems, but there are other technologies that support data collection and preservation. Which of these tools (or combination of tools) is the best for advancing absolute patient identity in your medical organization? Electronic Health Records (EHR) System 2015 statistics indicate that some form of EHR system is currently used by more than 87% of all healthcare providers. Adoption rates have spiked since 2008 and the implementation of Meaningful Use legislation, and is expected to become a standard practice under the newly-implemented MACRA legislation, as well. Certified EHR systems are vetted by the government to meet several standards for recording patient health information, keeping it secure, and making it available for other care facilities who may be treating the patient. EHRs contain all of the patient’s core demographic data and clinical data, as well as tools for electronic prescribing and appointment setting. Using EHR is a good way to consistently maintain patient records and quickly access them at will, and even gives patients a way to review their own health records. Because EHR data is entered or looked up by a human, however, there is always room for identification error. Offline miscommunication at stages like the patient registration interview can lead to inaccuracies within the record, mistaken updates, or the creation of duplicate records. These errors can lead to adverse care, unnecessary treatments, or other damaging actions. Luckily, other systems can be used in tandem with EHRs to ensure accuracy. Smart Cards Medical identity bracelets can be given to the wrong [...]

By | 2017-10-25T17:56:35+00:00 Tuesday, September 26, 2017|Categories: Absolute Identity|Tags: , , |0 Comments