The Ponemon Institute, a leader of independent research on information security policy, has estimated that patient identity theft is rising fast. In the USA, 1.5 million patients were reported to have been affected in 2013, a 20% increase from 2012. Even more concerning is the fact that 28% of medical identity theft victims receive a misdiagnosis, or suffered mistreated illness due to inaccuracies in their health record.
The problem has been gradually overcome by the adoption of a biometric integrated system that associates the captured biometric templates to the patient’s medical record number. The application accurately identifies patients, preventing duplicate medical records and fraud while increasing patient safety.
The system supports any form of biometrics, including fingerprint, finger and palm vein, iris, facial, and voice recognition. This unique patient identification system allows hospitals to instantly retrieve a patient’s medical record following a fast biometric scan.
Biometric integrated systems have been incorporated successfully in many hospitals in the USA. Once a patient enrolls, he/she can never claim another identity.
The system has many advantages for the patients. Users can connect to the hospital or private care center from their smartphones, allowing them to make appointments, payments, etc. Also, the platform interfaces with various smart sensors (commercially available) to collect vital health data in real-time while providing interactive games, educational content, medication adherence and self-service functions.