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Biometric Patient Workflow System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248419D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 63K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system to use a fingerprint scanner for patient tracking, both at check-in time and throughout a patient's treatment.

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Biometric Patient Workflow System

At present, medical patient check-in is a largely manual process. Once a patient has checked in, the medical facility's systems track the patient using a combination of armbands and flow sheets. These methods require significant effort on the part of medical staff, and remain prone to error or tampering.

The novel contribution is a method and system to use a fingerprint scanner for patient tracking, both at check-in time and throughout a patient's treatment.

A fingerprint scanner is provided at patient check-in. The fingerprint of a patient is used to uniquely identify a record in the Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) system. This allows reliable verification of a patient's identity at the time of entry, and thus helps eliminate insurance fraud. Throughout the treatment process, the patient fingerprint is used to track and identify the patient. This allows verification of drug administration and the detection of potential drug interactions. The fingerprint cannot be removed or misplaced like a bracelet or a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. Moreover, outpatients tend not to have wristbands, which can lead to patient misidentification.

Further advantages include the ability to quickly check a patient into a clinic in emergency circumstances, without requiring that the patient carry identification (ID) or speak. This system avoids any confusion between patients. Uniquely identifying a patient in this manner increases...