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Bethesda Health Using Biometric Patient ID Technology

October 14, 2015
by Heather Landi
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Bethesda Health has implemented a patient identity management solution that uses iris recognition technology with the aim of raising patient safety standards and safeguarding patients from medical identity theft and fraud at the point of service.

The health system launched the RightPatient biometric patient identification management platform it its two hospitals, Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West, in both inpatient and outpatient registration centers. In addition to safeguarding patients from medical identity theft and fraud, the patient identity management system also prevents the creation of duplicate medical records.

According to a statement, Bethesda Health chose RightPatient because it utilizes a safe, secure data storage system to record an image of the patients’ iris, which is a unique biometric measurement, and this advanced system can reduce medical errors caused by patient misidentification.

Roger Kirk, president and CEO of Bethesda Health, said implementing RightPatient is a key component of the health system’s overall strategy to ensure the highest levels of patient safety for its community.

“We continue to make every effort possible to protect patients from the dangers of duplicate medical records, medical identity theft and fraud and are committed to adopting advanced technologies that enable us to provide the highest quality of care. Plus, RightPatient also offers the flexibility to extend accurate patient identification to any patient touchpoint that requires patient identification accuracy to ensure optimal outcomes,” Kirk said.

Mizan Rahman, CEO of RightPatient, said the company worked closely with Bethesda Health staff to customize the biometric patient identification management system for the hospital’s specific Siemens Invision electronic health record (EHR) workflows.


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