Hospitals Using Hand Scanners For Patient ID

INTEGRIS Health is the first health care system in Oklahoma to use a new biometric palm scanner to both streamline the registration process and identify patients.

The system is called PatientSecure. It uses biometric technology to scan the vein pattern of the patient's palm. Every person has a unique vein pattern that does not change.

Hospital administrators say it is considered 100 times more accurate than fingerprints.

The initial scan takes less than a minute to conduct and even less time with each following visit.

The hospitals say the scan uses harmless near-infrared light, similar to the light of a TV remote control.

INTEGRIS Grove Hospital and INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center are already using PatientSecure and report improvement in security and efficiency.

INTEGRIS says all of their hospital will be utilizing the new system within six months.