Hospitals turn to palm scanning for patient safety

11/12/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Many hospitals are implementing palm scanning and other procedures to ensure patient safety and proper identity. Privacy advocates say the collection of biometric data could be an identity theft nightmare, but administrators say the data are safely encrypted. Also, patients are not required to be photographed or scanned. "It's a patient safety initiative," said Kathryn McClellan, a vice president at New York University Langone Medical Center. "We felt like the value to the patient was huge."

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