Terrebonne General Medical Center Reaps Benefits of Iris Biometrics for Patient Identification

implementing a biometric patient identification system can help reduce  preventable medical errors and increase patient safety

Terrebonne General Medical Center recently implemented the RightPatient® iris biometric patient identification system.

More hospitals are reaping the benefits of using iris biometrics for patient identification to help:

— eliminate duplicate medical records

–reduce preventable medical errors

— prevent medical identity theft and fraud at the point of service

— raise patient safety levels

Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, LA. is no exception. After a seamless integration of our RightPatient® biometric patient identification solution into Terrebonne’s McKesson EHR system at their main hospital late last year, the hospital has quickly acclimated the technology as a key piece of their strategy to raise patient safety levels, and reduce preventable medical errors that could result from patient misidentification. Terrebonne’s patients have warmly embraced the biometric patient identification solution with over 99% opting into the RightPatient® system, citing it’s importance to protect their medical identity and prevent unnecessary medical errors along with it’s no-touch, hygienic nature as a key feature for using the technology. 

Terrebonne’s implementation of the RightPatient® biometric patient identification system was featured in a recent news clip by WWLTV in New Orleans, stressing the importance of the technology to reduce preventable medical errors (which are estimated to cost the healthcare industry $8 – $14 billion per year), especially those that result in mixing up patients with the same or similar names – a common problem in Louisana where most communities have a large concentration of people who share the last name. Plus, the news report explains that the technology is 100% safe to patients and acts as a safeguard against medical identity theft and fraud from other patients who may try to use your own insurance information to secure health care coverage. 

Here is the news clip:

 

Our thanks to WWLTV for covering the Terrebonne implementation of the RightPatient® biometric patient identification solution – we look forward to continuing our efforts to bring this technology to more hospitals as a strong tool to increase patient safety!