May 2005, Volume 35 Number 5 , p 76 - 76
© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(5) May 2005 p 76 How biometrics keep sensitive information secure [INFOBYTES]
WALTER, CATHY M. RN, MS
SAFEGUARDING electronic health information presents an enormous challenge for health care organizations. To meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) standards, organizations must balance their patients' right to privacy, confidentiality, and security against the need for legitimate access to health information. Biometrics may soon provide the best means of securing information while granting authorized people access to it.
Biometric technology captures a person's physical or behavioral attributes to authenticate his identity, whether he's a patient or a health care provider. Examples of this ...