We understand the challenges facing hospitals and healthcare organizations today. Managing access to patient records. Complying with federal and state regulations. Maintaining a secure environment for patients and staff.
Securlinx has experience helping healthcare clients address security issues in a cost-effective way. We can integrate the systems you now use to control building entry, employee time records, vendor admittance, and access to patient health records. And we do it with a platform that can handle any identification method – from a fingerprint to a facial image or iris scan.
Strengthening security for patients and employees
A hospital system in northern New Jersey, wanted to improve security for their patients and employees. It turned to Securlinx to implement a facial recognition capability to help security officials detect high-risk individuals seeking entry to the hospital, such as people subject to restraining orders, known prescription drug seekers and former employees and contract staff no longer permitted on hospital premises.
Securlinx installed a system that acquires an image from a video camera, converts the facial image into a biometric template and compares it to templates stored in the hospital’s database. Potential matches are given a quality score based on the similarity of the images, and an alert is generated. The system works with mathematical facts about the structure of a person’s face, which means it cannot be fooled by attempts to disguise an identity using cosmetics or facial hair and cannot be used for gender- or ethnicity-based profiling. The Securlinx system has greatly improved hospital security, particularly in sensitive areas, such as the emergency entrance, main entrance and the maternity ward.
[Securlinx is now expanding the system to manage other biometric databases to meet the hospital’s needs for secure facilities access, new-employee enrollment and supplier management.]
Which Maria Garcia is in the ER?
Of the 3.4 million patients in Houston’s Harris County Hospital District database, 2,488 are named Maria Garcia – and 231 of them share the same birth date.
Whether you are a hospital in Texas or Massachusetts, identifying the right patient has never been more challenging – or more important.
But hospital systems are under strain. Their patient databases are riddled with errors, with duplicates accounting for 12 percent of all patient records, and easy targets for medical identity theft, a problem that affects more than 2 million Americans annually.
Hospitals increasingly are turning to biometrics to identify patients and handle all aspects of patient care more efficiently and securely. The result is not only a more secure system, but one with higher patient satisfaction, shorter average admission times, and fewer claim denials from insurers.