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September 26, 2008

BayCare Health selects Fujitsu palm vein authentication devices

Fujitsu Computer Products of America has announced that BayCare Health System has used the Fujitsu PalmSecure palm vein authentication devices as a part of its patient registration and identification process.

By CBR Staff Writer

According to Fujitsu Computer Products, HT Systems’s PatientSecure integrates Fujitsu PalmSecure with Siemens Invision and Signature Hospital Information Systems, to provide patient identification management software that provides BayCare with a verification method for identifying patients. The combined solution helps protect patient privacy, safeguard Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), help to prevent medical identify theft and enables patients to receive care more efficiently. HT Systems is a healthcare technology company.

Fujitsu Computer Products claims that the combined solution enables BayCare to provide prompt and accurate patient identification. By doing so, BayCare is protecting each patient’s privacy while simultaneously accelerating patient identification without the use of sensitive information or usage of identification at all. In addition, in emergency situations, BayCare can identify patients even if they are confused or unconscious.

With the integration into its Siemens Invision and Signature systems, BayCare is able to stop duplicate medical records from being created. Since only one medical record can be linked to a single palm vein pattern, the patients essentially retrieve their own medical record with the palm of their hand. Not only does this keep the patient’s medical record secure, but reduces the cost associated with managing the combining of duplicated medical records, said Fujitsu Computer Products.

David Wiener, vice president, corporate vice president of sales at HT Systems, said: The ability to identify John or Jane Doe’s is a powerful feature especially during the summer months when children are out from school. In addition, it allows BayCare to be one of the few hospitals that complies with The Joint Commission’s number one Patient Safety Goal, which is to improve the accuracy of patient identification.

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