Imprivata acquires HT Systems, adding patient ID capabilities
Marking its entry into the patient identification market, health IT security company Imprivata has acquired Tampa, Fla.-based HT Systems, which develops technology for palm-vein-based biometric patient ID.
The addition of HT Systems' PatientSecure technology supports Imprivata's strategy to provide authentication tools for both providers and patients, Imprivata CEO Omar Hussain told Healthcare IT News.
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"It's just a natural extension of what we do today," said Hussain. "We're leaders in authentication and access management for providers, so the next step is authentication and access management for patients. This just made natural sense for us as we were expanding our market. It's always been part of our strategic framework and our vision to extend to patient identification."
HT Systems serves hospital systems and large medical groups nationwide. Its PatientSecure biometric ID system provides positive patient identification by distinguishing the vein pattern in a patient's hand and retrieving the correct medical record in the healthcare provider's electronic health record system at patient check-in. This improves patient safety and satisfaction, eliminates duplicate medical records and overlays, and guards against identity theft and insurance fraud, according to Imprivata.
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PatientSecure has identified more than 22 million patients across 65 healthcare systems comprising more than 350 hospitals and thousands of clinics.
"We believe that in the next paradigm of healthcare, if you are going to have any meaningful patient engagement, being able to easily identify patients is going to be a critical component," said Hussain.
"The minute records become electronic, the biggest challenge you have is duplicates," he said. "When you have a marketing system or a CRM system, and you have 10 to 15 percent duplicates, it's not a big deal. What happens, someone gets mailed a copy of your publication twice?