Biometrics In Healthcare

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Biometrics is the application of statistical analysis to biological data. When applying the use of biometrics to the healthcare industry you are able to use multiple sources of biological data to secure every source. However, the healthcare system it is broken down into “four “nested” levels: (1) the individual patient; (2) the care team, which includes professional care providers (e.g., clinicians, pharmacists, and others), the patient, and family members; (3) the organization (e.g., hospital, clinic, nursing home, etc.) that supports the development and work of care teams by providing infrastructure and complementary resources; and (4) the political and economic environment (e.g., regulatory, financial, payment regimes, and markets),…show more content…
Patients want the securest setting when in need of medical care. No one wants to have their private medical problems out for the world to see. With the use of Biometrics, facilities can keep a person’s medical records personal and guarantee that with out that persons finger scan, their chart can not be accessed or accidently given to another patient. Being able to use biometric finger scans to ensure patient privacy and security can give all patients a better sense of security and trust with the facility or private office they have chosen for treatment. “In conjunction with the drawbacks of biometrics, sociocultural, ethical, and legal consequences may arise. Although the disadvantages of biometrics may be consequential, the benefits should be acknowledged and considered for the future use of privacy and security of electronic health records” (Lacona…show more content…
For this each employee is given their own identifiable access card. These cards can be used to not only access the computer system, they can be used to enter locked areas that are off limits to patients. These cards can not ensure one hundred percent security or privacy, because an employee can misplace their card, or it could be stolen. The use of theses access cards can also be tampered by hackers. An unskilled hacker can use a card reader to scan the card gaining the information needed to gain access to the hospitals electronic health records, employees files, and much more. These cards cannot ensure patient privacy. Although these cards have faults they also present with an upside, if a facility is in an emergency and needs to be locked down, the doors that have these proximity card readers can all be locked down from one access point. It saves time for security, so they do not have to manually lock every door in and out of the facility. The ability to lock down a whole hospital ensures a level of security for patients and

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