Hospitals trying to keep patient medical records secure are embracing biometrics, including palm scans, instead of traditional passwords. Using palm scanning is a more secure method than other biometric systems such as fingerprints, and palm scanners rely on the unique vein blood flow pattern in each person's body.
Each patient's palm scan serves as a "unique digital signature," and when a patient puts their hand on a biometrics palm scanner, patient records are immediately recalled. PatientSecure, for example, has more than 6 million users spread across 250 health care providers across the United States, with the palm scan seen as less intrusive than retinal scans.
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