Palm Vein Recognition Technology Protects Patient Privacy and Safeguards Electronic Medical Records to Help ValleyCare Comply with Federal Trade Commission's new Identity Theft Regulations
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced that ValleyCare Health System in Pleasanton, Calif. is using the Fujitsu PalmSecure(TM) palm vein authentication technology as part of its new Patient Access Lifetime Match (PALM) patient registration and identification system. ValleyCare is the first hospital in California -- and the third in the U.S. -- to use this solution. PALM is HT Systems' PatientSecure system that integrates PalmSecure with Siemens MedSeries 4 Hospital Information Systems to provide ValleyCare with a highly accurate, non-intrusive verification method for effectively identifying patients. The combined solution protects patient privacy, safeguards Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and helps ValleyCare comply with the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) new Identity Theft "Red Flag" regulations by enabling administrators to quickly identify, detect, and respond to medical identity theft.
"Providing the best healthcare possible is the number-one priority at ValleyCare, and we are constantly seeking ways to provide quicker care to our patients while protecting their confidentiality," said Marcy Feit, CEO at ValleyCare. "Integrating Fujitsu PalmSecure and HT Systems' PatientSecure into our new PALM solution enables us to streamline our patient registration and identification processes while ensuring EMRs and patient privacy are protected. PALM also helps us comply with the FTC's new 'Red Flag' regulations by preventing medical fraud and identity theft."
Beginning November 1, 2008, the FTC requires healthcare providers to develop programs to safeguard against identity theft to comply with the Identity Theft Red Flag regulations as part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act. Providers are required to implement policies and technologies to ensure that patients do not receive improper care and that they are not incorrectly diagnosed because their medical records have been compromised and/or are tainted with another patient's information. The Red Flag regulations also require providers to secure patients' medical records to prevent them from becoming victims of identity theft. ValleyCare's PALM patient registration and identification system helps the hospital comply with these requirements by providing a highly accurate form of authentication that cannot be tampered with or bypassed.
"The combination of PalmSecure and HT Systems' PatientSecure provides a comprehensive solution that protects patient privacy and EMRs," said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "We are thrilled that ValleyCare is the first hospital in the Western U.S. to implement this technology, demonstrating a forward-thinking approach to patient safety."
Fujitsu PalmSecure uses a near infrared light to capture a patient's palm vein pattern, generating a unique biometric template that is matched against a database of enrolled users' palm vein patterns. This advanced, vascular pattern recognition technology provides a highly reliable type of authentication -- PalmSecure's false acceptance ratio is just 0.00008 percent -- in a form factor that is non-intrusive, easy to use and generates extremely fast comparisons. HT Systems' PatientSecure solution provides the critical link between the biometric data and the existing EMRs, allowing hospital staff to quickly access the record, ensuring the right care is given to the right patient, assist in identifying John or Jane Does and preventing medical identity theft. The combined solution enables ValleyCare to identify, detect, and respond to medical identity theft and provide prompt and accurate patient identification.
"With the FACT Act, experts agree it is going to require that registration staff take extra steps to verify a patient's identity," said David Wiener, HT Systems' Corporate VP of Sales. "Our combined solution allows ValleyCare to properly comply with the FACT Act to identify, detect and respond without compromising customer service to meet new regulations."
Sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA), this year's Health Information and Technology Week takes place November 2-8, 2008. The theme -- "The Strength of Technology, The Power of Care" -- is focused on the importance of maintaining best practices as medical information evolves from paper to electronic records. Fujitsu PalmSecure and HT Systems' PatientSecure help ValleyCare and other healthcare organizations showcase their adoption of this theme by upholding the integrity of EMRs and ensuring that they can be accessed accurately to provide timelier care.
About ValleyCare Health System
ValleyCare Health System offers a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient medical services through its facilities located on two medical campuses in Pleasanton and Livermore. Highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff, along with state-of-the-art technology, combine to offer healthcare that is at a world class level. Providing healthcare to the Tri-Valley since 1961, ValleyCare Health System is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. To learn more, visit http://www.valleycare.com.
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 healthcare 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.
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: http://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.
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