Fujitsu PalmSecure PC Log-In Kit provides secure and efficient authentication for health care organisations

Sunnyvale 21 February 2008With the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), hospitals and other medical organisations are required to use two or more forms of authentication in order to access electronic medical records of patients. Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc., a supplier of innovative biometric security solutions, has demonstrated the new PalmSecure PC Log-In Kit at the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference, February 24-28, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The PalmSecure PC Log-In Kit provides a fast and secure way to access highly sensitive patient information for health care professionals.

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The PC Log-In Kit is composed of the award-winning PalmSecure authentication sensor embedded into a PC mouse which captures an image of the user's palm vein, and OmniPass Windows Log-in and Single Sign-On software which eliminates tedious password entry for Windows sessions and password protected applications. PalmSecure generates a unique biometric template that is matched against pre-registered users' palm vein patterns.

It is more reliable and easier to use than alternative biometric devices, enabling access to PCs and patient records at medical facilities to become more secure, accurate and efficient. An advanced authentication algorithm producing a high level of accuracy, and a powerful log-in management software featuring an easy and intuitive graphical user interface, make the PalmSecure PC Log-In Kit an ideal solution for health care organisations in the area of identity management.

Internal research by Fujitsu resulted in a false acceptance rate of less than 0,00007 percent and a false rejection rate of only 0,00004 percent. False acceptance rate is a rate at which someone other than the actual person is falsely recognized. False rejection rate is a rate at which the actual person is not recognized accurately.

"Identity management in hospitals and other medical facilities can be a hectic and time consuming process. Traditional fingerprint security is limited because of high false rejection rates due to authentication errors where authorized users are not recognized correctly", stated Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc. "False rejection rates with fingerprint sensors tend to result from dry or cracked hands, which is a common issue for health care professionals due to strict medical hygiene protocols. With PalmSecure, health care organisations have a clear advantage over fingerprint devices by providing ease of use while ensuring an extra layer of security."

The success of the PalmSecure authentication device has been validated with a recent deployment by the Carolinas Healthcare Systems in Charlotte, North Carolina. These installations are a part of a solution to effectively register and identify a patient. Joel Hagberg stated: "With the PalmSecure PC Log-In Kit, Fujitsu will deliver highly accurate and efficient biometric authentication to enhance secure identity management, as well as peace-of-mind for health care patients whose medical records will be better protected."

Fujitsu is a provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of 5,1 trillion yen (US$43,2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in Sunnyvale, California, and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc. currently offers products and services including hard disk drives, scanners and scanner maintenance, palm vein recognition technology, broadcast video products and 10Gb Ethernet switches. More company news is available in the VMW May 2006 article Fujitsu and Medixine join forces in palm authentication solution.


Leslie Versweyveld

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