Fujitsu and BizTech Healthcare Solutions Protect Patients from Identity Theft and Insurance Fraud
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, along with BizTech Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a provider of leading healthcare solutions, have successfully integrated the Fujitsu PalmSecure™ biometric authentication device with the BizTech ProMed Patient Registration, an identity management solution for healthcare organizations.
The combined solution from both Fujitsu and BizTech not only protects patients from identity theft and insurance fraud, but it also assists healthcare providers to accurately identify patients with the PalmSecure device, and reference the correct medical treatment for the patients using the software solution from BizTech, leading to safer and more reliable medical care for patients. The Fujitsu PalmSecure device works by using a near infrared light to capture the vein pattern in a patient’s palm. Once the vein image has been captured and a vein template has been generated, ProMed Patient Registration associates the template to the patient’s medical records. The system effectively registers and identifies patients, and protects these sensitive medical records as well. The application integrates directly with an existing health information system, and is launched by a simple hotkey or icon, enabling registration staff to easily scan and digitize driver’s licenses, insurance cards, and other documents with no additional data entry, which helps to significantly decrease the patient registration processing time.
“With this integration, we can now offer our hospital clients the ability to secure each patient’s medical records from fraud, while helping to protect the patient’s records under HIPAA regulatory guidelines,” said Bryan Donovan, practice manager, BizTech Healthcare Solutions, Inc. “The PalmSecure device is perfectly suited for the healthcare environment since it does not require direct physical contact, and can be used with or without surgical gloves. Leveraging the enormous success of the PalmSecure device in Japan’s banking industry, we see tremendous opportunities to capitalize on the need for increased security in healthcare. This technology provides an accurate means for identifying patients, thereby allowing medical staff secure and efficient access to their system, records, services, and even physical locations. BizTech’s ProMed Series, combined with the PalmSecure device, helps healthcare organizations to meet their increasing regulatory and compliance requirements.”
“Data security and identity management in healthcare has never been more critical. The Fujitsu PalmSecure device provides a highly accurate identity authentication mechanism to help healthcare providers protect their patients’ privacy and safety,” said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. “This technology can be used for the vast majority of the population since there are virtually no physiological restrictions in using this device, and it is nearly impossible to forge an individual’s unique palm vein pattern. Therefore, the PalmSecure device is an ideal and logical solution for healthcare organizations, particularly in the area of patient registration and identification.”
“The addition of the Fujitsu PalmSecure to our ProMed Patient Registration application makes an excellent enhancement to our solution,” said Doane Hadley, president, BizTech Healthcare Solutions, Inc. “Additionally, we’re looking at integrating the PalmSecure for medication distribution as well as single sign-on access for hospital staff (doctors, nurses and administrative staff) to health care information systems and other related systems throughout hospital facilities.”
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