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Biometrics in Healthcare

Access Control Systems and in particular Biometric Access Control Systems are becoming an attractive proposition to healthcare organisations.

For those that are unfamiliar, Biometric Access Control is a form of Access Control that uses human characteristics such as fingerprints, as a form of identification to grant access to authorised individuals.

There are a number of transferable benefits Biometric technology can offer to a range of industries. However, this is going to explore the impact Biometric technology can have within Healthcare organisations.

Authorised Access

Biometric Access Control can enhance the safety of visitors and employees by restricting access across a site. Biometric authentication is almost impossible to replicate which provides peace of mind to patients, staff and visitors in knowing that certain areas of the site are only accessed by authorised personnel.

GP surgeries and hospitals hold sensitive personal information which must be kept confidential. Biometrics can help control the access to the rooms in which this information is kept in, by only providing those with authorised permissions access.

A concern with traditional Access Control cards and proximity fobs is that colleagues use each others in order to cover for their friends and clock them in and out of work. Also, if the card or key fob was misplaced, it’s crucial that the access rights for the card are removed immediately to avoid any unauthorised visitors. Biometric technology can help overcome these issues and improve the reliability of time management systems.

 

What’s Next?

Healthcare organisations are constantly adapting to digitally automated solutions to deliver professional and administrative services. Could we potentially see the introduction of blood donors confirming their identity and blood type through a biometric scanner?