Biometrics Are Coming to Healthcare: Why Now? Global healthcare has shifted away from its reliance on paper-based medical records toward use of electronic health records (EHR). The benefits of using EHRs to quickly retrieve patient data include: Accurate and up-to-date information at the point of service Highly coordinated and efficient care Secure sharing of patient data among physicians Fewer medical errors Safer prescribing practices But these benefits depend on hospitals, clinicians, and other healthcare facilities to accurately verify patient identities during all medical encounters. Some healthcare institutions have addressed this reality by moving away from biographics-based identification (name, date [...]
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