patient identification in healthcare

Patient Identification and the Cosmos – Can we Draw a Correlation?

patient identification in healthcare

Can the big bang teach us something about the importance of patient identification in healthcare?

It may be a stretch of the imagination to draw a comparison between the Big Bang theory and patient identification in healthcare but that is exactly what we did in our latest article posted over at HealthITOutcomes.com. In an effort to illustrate the importance of accurate patient identification in healthcare, we point out that just as the Big Bang is considered the prevailing cosmological model that explains and is responsible for our existence, accurate patient ID could also be considered the genesis of quality healthcare in a patient centric universe.

Widely considered one of the most complex and pressing issues for healthcare to solve, patient identification does not truly get the attention it deserves within the industry especially when discussing health information exchanges, interoperability, and the clean exchange of health data across disparate networks. Our goal is to not only draw more attention to the importance of solving the patient identification dilemma, but to illustrate how critical getting patient ID correct is in the larger context of healthcare delivery.

Thank you to Health IT Outcomes for allowing us the opportunity to publish this post on their site, please read and leave us a comment! 

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UCSD’s RMAS Department Deploys RightPatient® Biometric Patient Identity Management Solution

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UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center has implemented the RightPatient® patient identity management and data integrity solution.

Today we announced that the Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences (RMAS) at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center has implemented a customized version of the RightPatient® patient identification solution to accurately identify patients as a safety precaution prior to receiving radiation treatment. Originally deploying a biometric device that required physical contact by patients, RMAS staff switched to non-contact iris recognition due to the fact that it more effectively supports patient safety and infection control protocols. Due to the fact that cancer radiation treatments can be lethal if not administered accurately, RMAS staff needed to implement a fail safe patient identification solution that offered the flexibility to capture patient photos and a biometric credential that is linked to their medical record and can ambiguously identify them throughout their entire life – RightPatient® with iris biometrics filled their need perfectly by ensuring accurate care delivery while maintaining a hygienic and safe environment for patients. We continue to be encouraged at the versatility and variety of our RightPatient® biometric patient identity management and data integrity solution deployments within the healthcare industry to protect patient safety and ensure accurate care delivery. RMAS staff plan to closely evaluate the effectiveness of the RightPatient® solution for possible future expansion to other areas around the medical campus and are pleased with positive patient reaction to the technology thus far as a tool to protect their identities and ensure they receive proper care. For more information on RightPatient® – the industry’s most advanced patient identity management and data integrity solution – please visit our Web site. We have a large library of educational resources to help you make the right decision when deploying biometric patient identification solutions.