By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Cities
Vein recognition? Not vain at all. A new biometric system allows NYU's Langone Medical Center to scan patients palms and cut down on paperwork.
A New York City hospital is using patients' palms, not insurance cards, to pull records, according to a new report.
The New York University Langone Medical Center started scanning palms last month to reduce paperwork and prevent identity theft, the New York Daily News reports, using a device that images the veins in a patient's hand.
Shaped like a butter tray, the black PatientSecure device uses infrared light to scan palms, then links the unique biometric trait to a patient's electronic health records.
That's right: no need to pore through a purse for an insurance card. When you return to the hospital for a visit, just place your hand on the box and let the machine do the talking.
The hope is that such technology can help receptionists and patients spend more time dealing with each other than paperwork. NYU is the first hospital to use the system.
Kathleen Lucadamo reports:
One patient who asked not to be identified found it creepy.
"It was the kind of intrusion that if government needed it, you'd have to be under arrest or something," he said.
The system is, of course, optional and the palm print is included in the patient information protected by federal law. More than 22,000 patients have used the system already, the hospital says.
Here's a look at how it works in a video:
Jul 26, 2011
I cannot imagine any new process that would reduce paperwork. It remains overwhelming. And with the new rush to using internet storage of medical information a new problem has arisen. Just as you sometimes cannot get to your email, cannot get it to send, low signal, blah, blah, blah, so does the charting process go. Thus when you return to work the following day you will be called aside to RECHART everything you charted the day before. And of course, you do not remember all that must be legaly charted before the lawyers get a crack at the chart. So people are printing up their charts and storing them here and there. One used her car. That is your information out in the parking lot. But lawsuits are a reality and if she has to rechart she is going to use the original information, not her memory. Too bad for your private information. I realize they need a way to save the info until they are sure it has been properly saved in the computer or the cloud or whatever and the hospitals are getting wise to check lockers for piles of charts, what are they going to do? Because paperwork just never goes away for hospital people. Mostly due to lawsuits. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest.
It's making things so much easier and much more secure. But what happens if I loose both of my hands!? Haha
HIPA laws are poorly enforced as evidenced by the frequent hospital leaks of famous people being treated for everything from athlete???s foot to an STD. You are even more screwed if it is a public hospital as most publicly owned institutions and agencies are exempt from state and federal privacy laws.