Palm Scan Identification System at Abington – Jefferson Health
Accurately and Securely Identifies Patients
At Abington – Jefferson Health, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care, and we consider your safety a priority. That’s why we are introducing a palm scan identification system, a new, secure and faster way to register. This system utilizes the latest in biometric technology to streamline patient registration and provide accurate identification of patients.
- Patient safety: Your identity is instantly confirmed at registration. This ensures that the registrar accesses your personal medical record. And in an emergency, we can access your medical record even if you are unconscious.
- Protects you from identity theft: Ensures accurate patient ID at registration. No one can pretend to be you.
- Ensures privacy: Limits the amount of personal information that needs to be said aloud.
- Fast registration: Scanning and identification take only seconds.
- Convenience: Once enrolled, your record can be accessed instantly at any participating Abington – Jefferson Health facility.
How it Works
Palm scanning is highly accurate and works by scanning the vein pattern of your palm. The vein pattern in a palm is highly unique to each person. The scan uses harmless near-infrared light, which is the same as the light of a TV remote control. The advanced algorithm processes your vein pattern to create an encrypted and protected digital file, which is linked to your unique medical record.
Why veins in your palm?
The vein pattern in a palm is highly unique to each person. Palm vein pattern recognition is currently used by many healthcare organizations across the United States for positive patient identification.
Is near-infrared light safe to use?
Yes. Near-infrared light is the shortest wavelength of infrared light and is harmless. It does not give off heat and is the type of infrared light used in devices such as night vision goggles and in your TV remote control.
Could my scan be shared with law enforcement?
No. Palm vein scanning is not used by the legal system or law enforcement. In addition, vein pattern recognition requires blood flow and therefore is not suitable for forensic analysis. The scan data has no use in criminal investigations.