Palm Scanners Improve Patient Safety


(WNDU)  Checking into the hospital, whether planned or an emergency, is always stressful.

Now, one of the most wired hospitals in the nation is making the process of checking in more secure and accurate.

It may sound like science fiction, but Indiana’s St. Joseph Health System is now using biometric palm scanning to help capture a patient’s personal information.

“It’s a way to biometrically mark each individual and tie it back to who they really are,” CEO Chad Towner explains.

A person’s individual veins develop before birth and remain unique throughout life. By placing your hand on the scanner, in mere seconds, a low infrared light scans the vein map of your hand. Unlike finger prints that look at eight to 16 points on your finger, palm scanning looks at 30,000 different points.

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