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Top 7 benefits of using biometrics in healthcare centre

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Biometrics in hospitals has become an essential tool to enhance the patient safety.

The potential of biometrics is enormous as physical security of any building or establishment is becoming increasingly important. It has emerged as a critical tool for the safety and security of hospitals and health centres as it contributes to improved patient safety.

Further, biometrics assists in properly identifying patients that enables providing right treatment to the right person while maintaining relevant medical records.

The major benefits of using biometrics in hospitals and healthcare centres are as follows:

1
Increase patient safety
Secure identification through biometric devices brings patient safety to a higher level. Errors are eradicated in the identification of the patient thus avoiding the appearance of adverse events of all types for this cause. Biometric identification through fingerprint scanner can also save lives, as it allows finding out the ailments or allergies of certain patients in cases of emergency.

2
More comfort for the patient
The patient can access health services in a much more comfortable way than before since he does not need to carry anything physical with him or memories the data that is necessary for his identification. In turn, the patient does not have to permanently wear uncomfortable bracelets that can cause skin irritations or other inconveniences.

3
Greater satisfaction with the service
Improved care processes (for example, reducing the time of all processes requiring patient identification) and more efficient and error-free information management, the quality of service provided to the patient is improved, and patients who perceive favourable change increase their degree of service satisfaction.

4
More confidence and peace of mind
Patients welcome the use of the biometric system as a way to protect themselves against fraud and safeguard their identity. The new identification system guarantees the total privacy of access to the patient’s confidential information, respects his rights and complies with current legislation that supports the patient. The patient gains in tranquillity and increases his level of confidence in the security of his personal data and the treatment of the same by the institution and the staff.

5
Improve your quality of life
By receiving better medical care free of medical errors and inconsistencies in the Electronic Medical History, the patient receives more successful treatments and, consequently, improves his quality of life.

6
Increased safety for health personnel
All health personnel benefit from greater security in the processes that require their unequivocal identification, both in the control of physical access to the facilities and in the logical access to the implanted information systems. Biometric machine eliminates the possibility of theft or fraudulent use of your passwords, as well as the possible loss of your identification cards.

7
More comfort in identification for health personnel
Healthcare personnel do not need to memorise their passwords or carry identification cards to access hospital facilities or hospital management systems and patient information. Whenever you need to identify a patient, you can do it with great convenience, speed and agility through fingerprint scanner. Administrative staff can more quickly process such as filiation, admission or discharge of the patient.

Authored by:
Vipin Yadav, Managing Director,
Star Link Communication Pvt Ltd
Email: www.starlinkindia.com

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