Biometric identifiers are increasingly being used in a variety of industries. While using biometric patient ID technology to monitor and manage long-term health diseases is a relatively new concept for healthcare, it seems to be the way to improve efficiency and reduce risk. Here are some of the key ways biometric technology is shaping the future of healthcare. Improving Patient Care Biometric identification and the medical devices that utilise it can help transform care for patients across a variety of fields – most importantly chronic disease maintenance. The chronic disease epidemic – Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension - represents 75% of healthcare costs today. With biometric technologies, patients with chronic diseases can improve their behavioural patterns to help manage the disease, and lower their associated healthcare costs. At a base level, biometric technology is likely to replace patient wristbands and barcode identifiers for nurses administering medication. Tamper resistant pill dispensers that are pre-programmed with the prescribed regimen can notify patients when it is time to take their medication. Biometric authentication is used to dispense the medication and record the data, helping to prevent errors in medication. Emergency Care Identification Patient ID technology can also improve emergency medical care when the patient is is unconscious, unable to communicate, or cannot be identified. Treating a patient without any identification or known medical history, can increase dangers and risks due to the absence of any formal identification credentials. While every facility has its own protocol for identifying unknown emergency room patients, this technology will standardise processes and improve the ability to quickly and accurately identify patients and their medical history. Reduce Insurance Theft Biometric authentication has swiftly emerged as a user-friendly way of reducing risk of identity theft or fraud across the security side of business. Customers no longer need to remember a personal identification number or carry patient identifying information that can be easily stolen. To eliminate the central database of patient information and prevent expensive risks, medical companies have started opting for biometric verification for patients. Improving digital security in this manner prevents identity thefts and phantom insurance claims to obtain insurance benefits and reduces billing fraud. Unlike knowledge-based or possession-based procedures, biometric technologies have an unsurpassed advantage of being intrinsically linked and an integral part of a person. ICT System Efficiencies Biometric technology promises to reduce overlays and duplicates caused in transferring medical care between facilities. Often, medical record duplication and omissions can occur when transferring medical care, causing serious problems for patient care. Biometric identification could reduce the patient’s need to fill multiple medical forms, while ensuring the entire record is transferred accurately, and without fear of inaccuracy or oversight. Vita Enterprise Solutions Reduce unnecessary healthcare costs caused by outdated ways of managing patients and processing information, and instead supercharge prevention of chronic diseases at a fraction of the cost. Delivering telemonitoring solutions positions Vita Enterprise Solutions as a leader in the implementation of ICT solutions for the burgeoning aged-care sector. The solution collects data from medical devices such as weighing scales, glucose monitors and pulse oximeters to remotely monitor chronic conditions, and provides an online portal and integration engine to improve clinical and client management. Talk to Vita Enterprise Solutions about how our managed tablets and biometrics solutions can improve your business efficiency on 1300 139 310 or enquiring online.