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Patient Misidentification in Health Care 091611

Patient Misidentification in Health Care 091611

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A free White paper that details the negative effect of patient fraud and medical identity theft on the healthcare industry, what criteria should characterize an effective patient identification technology and how vascular and iris recognition biometric technology is the most effective software on the market to protect healthcare providers and raise the level of patient care.
A free White paper that details the negative effect of patient fraud and medical identity theft on the healthcare industry, what criteria should characterize an effective patient identification technology and how vascular and iris recognition biometric technology is the most effective software on the market to protect healthcare providers and raise the level of patient care.

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2011, M2SYS Technology Page 1
M2SYS White Paper
Eliminate Patient Fraud andIncrease Patient IdentificationAccuracy with Vascular and IrisBiometric IdentificationTechnology
 
2011, M2SYS Technology Page 2
Fraud Cripples the Healthcare System
Despite radical advances in healthcare technology overthe past decade, the industry continues to suffer as
 
,liabilitiesskyrocket, medical identity theft grows and patienthealth is jeopardized by health care fraud. Medicalidentity theft dominates all forms of health care fraudand continues to be the single biggest problem withinthe industry as patient identification is consistentlyamong one of the top concerns for health careprofessionals.
It’s no surprise then that 
 of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' (JCAHO)Hospital National Patient Safety Goals since 1993. The medical field is increasingly recognizingthat patient misidentification is a common, potentially deadly and largely preventable error.Why then, with all of the advances in technology and patient identification initiatives directedat the global healthcare industry does patient misidentification continue to be such a difficultproblem to solve? Perhaps it is the difficulty of prodding the healthcareindustry to adopt suggested actions that would standardize theapproaches to patient identification among different facilities in a healthcare system. It could be that establishing clear protocols to properlyidentify patients throughout the course of their healthcare within anetwork is simply too complex, difficult to enforce and causes delays indelivering quality care. After all, in an increasingly competitive economywhere providers wage a fierce battle to attract and retain patients,quality patient care is inherently a major focus of healthcare institutionsto maintain loyalty.
 
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 Accurate Patient Identificationhas been number one on the list of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of HealthcareOrganizations (JCAHO) Hospital National Patient Safety Goalssince 1993
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2011, M2SYS Technology Page 3
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The major areas where patient misidentification can occur include drug administration, phlebotomy, blood transfusions,and surgical interventions..thereare newer technologies whichcan improve patient identification
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World HealthOrganization
The Call to Adopt Rigorous Standards for Patient Identification
Although the problem of accurate patient identification has existed for a long time, calls toadopt digitization of medical records and stringent patient identification standards through theuse of new technologies have recently increased by authorities that provide leadership onglobal health matters such as the World Health Organization (WHO). In a 
 
,the WHO states:
“Throughout the healt 
h care industry, the failure to correctly identify patients continues toresult in medication errors, transfusion errors, testing errors, wrong patient procedures and thedischarge of infants to the wrong families.
The report goes on to say:
“The major 
areas where patient misidentification canoccur include drug administration, phlebotomy, blood transfusions and surgical interventions
…there are newer technologies which can improve patient identification…” 
The push for all healthcare institutions to adopt modernElectronic Health Record (EHR) systems has furtherincreased the need for symbiosis between patientidentification technology and medical recordmaintenance and storage to facilitate accurate care andtreatment throughout complex, multi-stage health care facility workflow processes. As morehealthcare providers move towards a comprehensive EHR model, they are recognizing thatcombating many of the problems that are manifested by inaccurate patient identification canbe rectified by adopting modern patient recognition technology as part of the overall model.

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