Palm Prints

The hospitals’ problem:

We have 70,000 people who share the same first and last name and exact birth date with two or more people. If your name is Maria Garcia, we have 2,488 of you, and 231 of you have the same birth date. It’s not uncommon for us to have two people with the same first and last name in the same unit.

The solution:

In less than two seconds, the scanner creates a high-resolution infrared photograph of the vein pattern, reportedly 100 times more accurate than fingerprints.

Implementation:

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas piloted the palm-vein scanners last fall…About 40,000 medical records now have palm-vein scans, with 17,000 being added each month.

More on these new systems to ID patients in The Dallas Morning News.

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  1. Linda Gorman says:

    “…reportedly 100 time more accurate…”

    Wonder how big a sample they’ve tested.

  2. Studebaker says:

    If your name is Maria Garcia, we have 2,488 of you, and 231 of you have the same birth date…

    I wonder if the 231 with the same birth date also (coincidentally) share the same social security number with the Maria Garcia, who had her identify stolen?

  3. A.D. says:

    It’s crazy to know there are 231 Maria Garcia’s out there with the same birthday! I could see how that could cause problems.

  4. Angel says:

    “If your name is Maria Garcia, we have 2,488 of you, and 231 of you have the same birth date.”

    That’s just crazy. I am not shocked at the number of Maria Garcia’s, but that many with the same birthday? How about other common names? Seems like the solution has been found,though.

  5. Angel says:

    Maria Garcia, oh Maria! I can see the problem being correlated with linked problems, such as identity theft.

  6. Gabriel Odom says:

    Whenever I was in the Stanford surgery wing, I recall one day that we had 2 Robert Smiths (example names for obvious reasons) – with the same age, AND the same surgery. Whenever we looked at the Big Board in the central OR hallway we saw two 60-something Robert Smiths for left knee replacement. We double- and triple-checked MRNs that day, I assure you.

    It’s not just the Maria Garcias of the world, and I think it shows undue prejudice to assume that identity theft is a major cause for such occurrences.