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Using Biometrics to Secure Patient Health Information

Using Biometrics to Secure Patient Health Information
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Author(s): Dennis Backherms (Capella University, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 15
Source title: Ethical Issues and Security Monitoring Trends in Global Healthcare: Technological Advancements
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Steven A. Brown (Capella University, USA) and Mary Brown (Capella University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-174-4.ch011

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Abstract

The crime of identity theft has proven to be one of the most costly crimes in American history. Identity theft has become so prevalent in our society today that many laws have been passed, and new bills introduced, to try and combat these troublesome issues. However, recently, a new trend in identity theft has been occurring, individuals are now experiencing medical identity theft. One way to help protect a patient’s medical information is through biometric authentication for records access. The technology of biometrics, while thought a novelty at first, has proven to be both a reliable and efficient method for securing patient health records. Biometric technology helps to provide a multi-tiered approach to medical record access and also helps create an audit trail for discovery of unauthorized medical record access. Implementing biometric technology in patient health record security will help substantially reduce the likelihood that medical identity theft will occur.

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