Hospitals Adopt Biometrics Technology for Security

Hospitals are increasingly adopting biometrics technology to increase security, speed the admission process and reduce errors, according to a Sun Sentinel report.

Some of the technologies hospitals are using include palm readers, iris scanners and voice recognition systems. These devices can help identify a patient's medical record and track and control who accesses sensitive information.

For example, the clinic Urban Health Plan in Bronx, N.Y., has used iris scanners to avoid mistaken identities for about two years. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., has a voice recognition system to allow patients to access information over the phone.

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