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Hospital turns to palm reading to ID patients

Lucas Mearian, Computerworld | June 16, 2011
NYU Langone Medical Center said it is the first hospital in the Northeast to use a biometric infrared scanning system that converts a digital palm image into a unique patient ID.

"This technology makes you feel like a VIP. You just put your palm on the scanner and you're done registering at your doctor's office, no clipboard, no hassle of paperwork to check in, plus, it's absolutely secure," said Michael Baldwin, 55, a patient at NYU Langone, in a statement. "It's immediate and instantaneous. Never in my life have I experienced health care like this before. NYU Langone's 100% integrated healthcare system is like a small city that's all connected."



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