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2008 Press Releases
BayCare Launches Biometric Technology to Simplify Patient Registration
09/22/2008

All Nine BayCare Hospitals to Scan Palms During Admitting and Registration

CLEARWATER, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2008) – BayCare Health System is the first health care system in the state of Florida and the second in the country to use biometric palm scanning technology to register patients. Called Patient Secure Identity, the system uses near-infrared light to scan the unique vein pattern in a person’s hand.

“Patient Secure Identity greatly streamlines patient identification and helps prevent the misuse of Social Security numbers and insurance cards,” said Jim Schwamb, vice president, financial services, BayCare Health System. “Once a patient is initially enrolled with Patient Secure Identity, he or she can be identified at registration within a matter of seconds.”

For the initial registration, a patient presents their palm for scanning, along with pertinent identification documents such as a driver’s license, insurance card and Social Security number. The right palm is placed onto a scanning device which scans the hand to capture an image of the blood flowing through the veins. The hand rests palm-side down just above the scanner. The veins appear as a black pattern on a light background. Once the image is scanned, it is converted into a number based on the vein pattern and registered in the system. From that point, patients and their medical record can be identified by their unique vein pattern each time they register at a participating BayCare Health System hospital or outpatient facility.

“In addition to improving the speed of patient registration, biometric palm scanning can minimize the amount of personal information a patient needs to communicate either verbally or through written forms during registration,” said Schwamb. “We also expect to be able to minimize duplication of patient records and improve accuracy of patient identification.”

For patients in an emergency situation, Patient Secure Identify can help in confirming a patient’s identity and accessing their medical record just through a scan of the palm. “We are able to access a patient’s record if they have been enrolled previously at a BayCare Health System facility using this technology,” said Schwamb.

Another benefit is that biometric palm scanning can link to a patient’s electronic medical record. As BayCare begins a multi-year process to bring an electronic medical record initiative to its nine hospitals, the Patient Secure Identity biometric patient identification process can interface with BayCare’s data bases to gather the necessary information including electronic medical records.

Although relatively new to the health care field, biometric identification through palm scanning is in use by Japanese banks at ATMs in place of personal identification (PIN) numbers.

Patient Secure Identity uses near-infrared light similar to the light used in television remote controls. A patient’s palm does not make direct contact with the scanner itself.

There is no cost for enrolling with the biometric palm scanning system. A patient who chooses not to participate will be registered using the current method at each visit by providing name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other information.

BayCare facilities providing registration through Patient Secure Identity include St. Anthony’s Hospital, which was the first to launch in June, Trinity Outpatient Center, Morton Plant Hospital, Bardmoor Emergency Center, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, Tyrone Imaging Center, BayCare Life Management, Carillon Outpatient and Imaging Center and Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center. BayCare Outreach Laboratories, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital are scheduled to begin registering patients through the biometric palm scanning process in October.

The palm scanning technology used by BayCare is manufactured by Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. and is integrated with BayCare’s information and data systems by HT Systems.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare connects patients to a comprehensive array of services through its not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient and imaging facilities, and other regional services that reach beyond the Bay area. BayCare’s hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Women’s and South Florida Baptist hospitals.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 160,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.3 trillion yen (US$53 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in Sunnyvale, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. currently offers products and services including hard disk drives, scanners and scanner maintenance, palm vein recognition technology and 10Gb Ethernet switches. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. is located at 1255 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-746-7000. For more information, please see: http://us.fujitsu.com/fcpa.

About HT Systems

HT Systems is a healthcare technology company, providing practical time saving solutions for the busy healthcare facility. From Biometric Patient Identification Systems to Revenue Cycle Management Products, HT Systems is in the forefront of providing integrated hardware/software solutions to the healthcare industry. HT Systems partners with its clients to develop solutions, specific to the client’s environment. Utilizing cutting edge technology HT Systems makes implementation quick and effortless. With over 15 years of healthcare and healthcare technology experience, HT Systems is poised to be an industry leader for health care providers by delivering robust solutions today. Headquartered in Tampa, FL, HT Systems can provide services throughout the US. For more information, please call: 813-777-9888 or see: http://www.PatientSecure.com.

Contact: Beth Hardy, office (727) 298-6199, pager (727) 402-8113 or e-mail: elizabeth.hardy@baycare.org

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