Montana Hospital Moves to Biometric Patient ID

Montana Hospital Moves to Biometric Patient ID

News Nov 14, 2012

Nov. 14--St. Peter's Hospital has begun using a biometric identification system it says will eliminate the need for patients to show identification with each visit while improving the certainty that medical providers will access the medical records of the correct patient.

Called Patient Secure, it requires a simple scan of a palm, taking just seconds. Once a patient is enrolled in the system, he or she will only have to provide date of birth and allow a quick scan of their palm upon registration. Now, the hospital asks for identification from all patients.

The data will be connected with a patient's medical records, so providers will have quick access.

"It pulls you up more quickly in our system than we can type the patient's name in," said Kolene Gardner, director of patient services at St. Peter's.

About 200 hospitals nationwide use the Patient Secure system. St. Peter's is the first in Montana.

The scan uses near-infra-red light to photograph the vein pattern in the right palm, if available. That pattern provides more accurate identification that even fingerprints, Gardner said.

The system may be especially valuable in trauma cases, or in other cases when a person enters the hospital with no other way to identify himself or herself.

It may be especially valuable in cases where patients have identical names. In some larger hospitals, many people with identical names also have identical birthdates.

Enrollment in the system is not required to enter the hospital. It is not available for children younger than 5, and at that age and older they will need to rescan every year because the vein pattern keeps growing.

The hospital has already begun enrolling its employees and volunteers, and should have the scanners up for enrollment for patients later this week at all of its clinics and registration areas, as well as the emergency room.

Continue Reading



Copyright 2012 - Independent Record, Helena, Mont.

Independent Record, Helena, Mont.
Sanjay Talwani
A leading healthcare Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and data provider taps a marketing veteran to support Its rapid growth.
The girl happened to crash into the back of an FDNY ambulance, whose crew members got out and helped her stop the car and revived her father with Narcan.
The 25-year-old woman was found overdosing in her bathroom along with her young son, who needed several doses of Narcan to become responsive and was later discovered to have fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.
The QuikLitter Lite is designed to be lightweight and compact so multiple litters can be carried simultaneously to a scene.
The highly skilled team members practiced drills inside a local school in preparation for a possible active shooter situation.
Any first responders who are permanently disabled due to injuries that occurred in the line of duty are eligible for a property tax exemption following an amendment to the state's constitution passed last year.
Pulsara has been selected as one of the finalist's in Fierce Innovation Awards for its product Prehospital Alerting Package, an app that allows EMS providers to send patient information to the emergency department en route to the hospital for patient care optimization.
The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management conducted an exercise for the county's Emergency Operations Center's protocol for recovery efforts following a category 4 hurricane.
Avaya plans to honor the Texas Commission as it sees the adoption of Kari’s Law build across the country, a law which would mandate any company or organization with multi-line telephone systems to provide direct-dial access to 9-1-1.
The company achieves a milestone of its first U.S. regulatory filing for a medical device which would aid in hemostasis and wound care.
Senators will have to vote on multiple amendments on the health care repeal bill.
County commissioners decided to write off over $5 million in uncollectible ambulance bills owed by residents, an amount that has been building since the 1940s.
The amount of deaths caused by substance abuse and mental health issues in the first half of 2017 have surpassed the total deaths of 2016.

The raging wildfires have forced 10,000 residents to evacuate their homes. 

For the first time in my EMS career, I froze.