Ohio hospital uses biometric tech to secure electronic health record data

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Written by Lisa Hoover McGreevy.

A hospital in Akron, Ohio, implemented new technology recently that pairs patients with their electronic health records via fingerprint scans. Healthcare software firm CrossChx provided the capturing system to Akron General at no cost, and a hospital spokesperson said “the vast majority of patients” opted into the fingerprint scanning registration process.

Stacy Ickes, director of patient access for Akron General, explained to Crain’s Cleveland Business that the technology has a number of benefits: It improves patient outcomes, helps reduce medical fraud and identifies duplicate records within the system. It also serves as an identification database for patients who are unable to communicate.

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Originally published January 6, 2016.

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