Inova Fairfax Hospital implements fingerprint technology to secure electronic medical records

Toronto 05 February 2002Inova Fairfax Hospital, located in Fairfax, Virginia, has implemented Bioscrypt's biometric technology for user authentication and access to its electronic medical records. Combined with eko systems' Frontiers, a hardware and software solution, clinicians can expedite and simplify data capture and data entry and ensure complete privacy of patient records with the touch of their finger.


The Frontiers solution, created by Virginia based eko systems Inc., a pre-operative information management provider, requires doctors and nurses to access electronic peri-operative medical records through fingerprint authentication. After initial enrollment into the system, the clinician simply presents the finger to the biometric reader, integrated into the keyboard, and is logged into the application.

Authentication for access to the application is logged and the digitised finger template is used to electronically sign the records and forms within. The entry is then tagged with the user information and digitised fingerprint template to help streamline business processes such as billing and to provide an audit trail for each entry in the record.

"Inova Fairfax Hospital's decision in choosing the Frontiers system is evidence of increased acceptance of biometrics to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations", stated Julia Webb, vice president of global marketing and business development at Bioscrypt. "We believe the health care sector will be a strong adopter of fingerprint technology and having Inova Fairfax Hospital select our biometric technology is another indication that Bioscrypt is setting the standard in secure fingerprint technology with reliable, cost-effective solutions."

The HIPAA Act requires health care organisations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system by standardising the interchange of electronic data for specified administrative and financial transactions and to protect the security and confidentiality of electronic health information. In hospitals today, in a peri-operative setting, there can be up to 200 separate clinicians providing care to patients and in all cases, quick and accurate identification is essential.

Patrick Clougherty, chairman for the Department of Anaesthesia at Inova Fairfax Hospital, stated: "The biometric fingerprint reader technology is an essential solution for solving our HIPAA requirements." Dr. Clougherty further added: "This technology has also solved the difficult problem of indicating which clinician provided what care to a patient in our team care environment."

eko systems Inc. is a developer of hospital-based electronic medical records which integrate with existing information system infrastructures. Besides increased charge capture, data can be used in other business processes and to improve patient outcomes. Bioscrypt Incorporated is an established provider of advanced fingerprint technology enabling simple and secure access to facilities and information. The company deploys its fingerprint solutions through a combination of product sales and technology licensing to cutting-edge security solution providers.

Bioscrypt's patented technology is interoperable with leading fingerprint sensors, is platform and operation system independent, and is easily integrated into applications covering the physical, wireless, and network security markets. Over 25.000 Bioscrypt fingerprint readers are currently securing businesses and government facilities the world over.

Leslie Versweyveld

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