Biometrics are increasingly used in the health care industry to identify patients, protect patient privacy, and ensure proper management of records. Biometrics can establish personal identity from the moment patients enter the care of a physician or medical facility, and that identity can be transmitted accurately and securely throughout the health care system. Biometrics are used to ensure that only authorized medical personnel can access sensitive hospital facilities, such as nurseries and operating rooms, to see to it that prescribed medications are delivered to the proper patients, and to safeguard the privacy of patients’ medical records by assuring that only authorized personnel can view them. Hospitals and medical providers across the United States use biometrics to protect privacy in accordance with HIPAA and other regulations.
Most common biometric modalities used in health care: