Biometrics firms Bio-key and Lumidigm aid Genesis HealthCare System in Ohio in implementing finger-based biometrics for e-prescriptions and electronic health records.
firms Bio-key International
have joined to help nonprofit Genesis HealthCare System in Zanesville, Ohio,
add two-factor fingerprint biometrics to its electronic health record and
provide its biometrics identification software to Genesis facilities, while
Lumidigm will contribute its Mercury fingerprint reader.
result of our testing, we determined that Lumidigm's Mercury sensor provided us
with the best performance, including the ability for our staff working in
isolation rooms to establish their identity when wearing latex gloves," Ed
Romito, vice president and CIO of Genesis,
said in a statement.
implementation with Genesis took less than five months, according to Romito.
multispectral fingerprint sensors work for users suffering from dry skin or
those wearing latex gloves, which many health care workers would rather not
remove. "Because skin dryness is so prevalent in the health care industry,
due in part to constant hand washing, traditional fingerprint sensors can
produce up to a 20 percent failure rate," Bill Spence, Lumidigm's vice
president of transaction systems, said in a statement. "In other
situations, when the policy allows it, health care workers wearing latex gloves
do not want to remove them to use the biometric reader."
application's mathematical model authenticates the user's data at the time of
In the current
phase of the project, 2,000 staff members at Genesis are using the application.
In an additional phase, Genesis will use Sentillion's Vergence single-sign-on
application. Sentillion is a unit of Microsoft.
pharmacies have long been required in Ohio to process e-prescriptions using two-factor
authentication. In June 2010, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) began
requiring two-factor authentication nationwide.
must include two of the following: "something you know (a knowledge
factor), something you have (a hard token stored separately from the computer
being accessed), and something you are (biometric information)," according
to the DEA rule.
authentication provides an easy way to satisfy these requirements, Bio-key and
use fingerprint biometrics to check a user's identity at the beginning of a
transaction and eliminate the need for passwords, according to Ben Hammel,
Bio-key's director of identity-management solutions. "It also eliminates
the sharing of identities so that the authorized person is completing the
transaction," Hammel told eWEEK. "It creates a physical
enhanced user logs the Bio-key software can create, health care providers are
able to improve their security auditing, according to Hammel.
application can also process multiple identities for individuals, especially if
they've changed addresses. "The fingerprint allows you to correlate
different names with one identity, thereby eliminating duplicate submission for
insurance or test requests," Hammel said.
already providing DNA samples such as blood to show identity, submitting a
fingerprint is not a big adjustment in the health care industry, he explained.
touch the Lumidigm reader with their finger, Bio-key software extracts
mathematical data and sends it back to the enrollment service for verification.
software is compatible with hardware from several other single-sign-on vendors
as well, including Computer Associates, Evidian, IBM and Oracle.
Bio-key also integrates its biometrics application into the
order-transactions process of Epic's EHR (electronic health record) platform
and AllScripts' Sunrise Clinical Manager application.
Bio-key announced their partnership with Genesis on Feb. 16.
Feb. 21, Lumidigm also announced a partnership with access-management
specialist Imprivata to use its OneSign single-sign-on application to access
EHRs, or EMRs (electronic medical records) while wearing latex gloves.
biometric sensors and OneSign give clinicians fast access to EMR applications
regardless of environmental conditions," Ed Gaudet, chief marketing
officer for Imprivata, said in a statement. "With support for Lumidigm
devices, our customers can leverage their existing OneSign investments across
clinician workflows that involve surgical gloves."
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents, ScientificAmerican.com, USA Weekend and Womansday.com, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.