St. Francis Increasing Patient Safety with PatientSecure®

Imagine going to the hospital and having your doctor or nurse retrieve your vital medical records simply by scanning the palm of your hand. It’s happening now at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.  Bon Secours St. Francis is increasing patient safety by adding PatientSecure® to its electronic medical records (EMR) network.  The system accurately identifies patients at point of care, and retrieves their correct medical record by simply reading the veins in their palm.  The palm scanning system helps ensure patient safety, eliminate duplicate medical record and overlays, and reduce the risk of fraud associated with identification during registration.

Rebecca Carter, Administrative Director of Clinical Informatics at Bon Secours St. Francis said, “We have incredible safety measures in place to protect our patients’ information and now adding PatientSecure is just another level of protection.  Because no two people have identical vein patterns in their hand, we can avoid identity theft and be sure we are treating the person the patient says he or she is.  We anticipate the system will also speed up the registration process and decrease patient wait time.”

PatientSecure®, the nation’s most adopted Biometric Patient Identification Management System, links the biometric information of the patient’s medical record. The PatientSecure® system at Bon Secours St. Francis begins Monday, January 20,on the downtown, eastside and millennium campuses.  Rebecca Carter is available to demonstrate the system.  Please contact Sharon Johnson for media inquiries.

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