Palm Scanning Registration in the ED

From the Journal:

A small palm-scanning device is helping staff at Mercy Medical Center identify patients and better protect their privacy.

When patients check in at various areas of Mercy Medical Center, including the hospital’s emergency department, central registration, and the Heart Center, they’ll be asked to place their right palm on the black device.

Before the hospital went live with the PatientSecure indentification system on Oct. 25., Kaitlyn Mohrhauser, manager of patient access services, said patients registering at Mercy were asked to provide a photo I.D., Social Security number and date of birth.

“Really all we had was the I.D. and the patient’s word. This is a lot more effective,” she said. “It’s a benefit on a lot of different levels.”

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