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Picis ED PulseCheck Increases Security and Privacy Protection in Nearly 150 Hospitals Through the Use of DigitalPersona Biometrics
Date:11/17/2009

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- DigitalPersona, Inc., a leader in fingerprint identity and authentication solutions, today announced that its customer, Picis, has realized a high level of success in security and privacy protection for its Picis ED PulseCheck® Emergency Department Information System (EDIS), which incorporates DigitalPersona's U.are.U® Fingerprint Readers and One Touch® for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). Picis, a global provider of information solutions that help increase patient satisfaction, improve clinicians' access to patient information and optimize organizational efficiency in the acute care areas within hospitals, chose DigitalPersona products to help emergency department (ED) personnel eliminate the need to remember passwords to access patient data. Since biometrically enabling ED PulseCheck, nearly 150 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have implemented fingerprint authentication for quick and secure access to information while helping to comply with privacy regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Picis ED PulseCheck, part of the CareSuite® family of high-acuity solutions, provides clinicians with electronic documentation, risk management and patient tracking in the emergency department. "It is used in dynamic environments where easy, secure access to applications is critical," said Todd Winey, director of alliance partnerships for Picis. "When treating patients in the emergency department, the medical staff may not have time to call the help desk for a forgotten password. By adding DigitalPersona fingerprint authentication we were able to offer secure access with just one touch."

The doctors, nurses and hospital staff must routinely access a number of applications with many different usernames and passwords. Remembering usernames and passwords can be challenging, especially in a high-pressure environment, such as
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