BIO-key International, a provider of finger-based biometric identification solutions, announced it has successfully deployed BIO-key's biometric identification for the staff of Genesis HealthCare System, based in Zanesville, Ohio.
The biometric identification solution allows Genesis to quickly, conveniently and securely establish the identity of its staff when ordering, verifying or administering medications as required by Ohio law.
“Our fingerprint identification software is approved by the Ohio Pharmacy Board for two-factor authentication and complies with the new DEA e-prescription two-factor rules for dispensing controlled substances,” said Mike DePasquale, CEO of BIO-key International, in a statement. “This is the perfect solution to protect access to EMRs, not only for healthcare organizations in Ohio, but across the whole nation.”
In the first phase of the rollout, 2,000 clinicians and staff use fingerprint biometrics to establish their identity in Genesis's Epic software to order, verify or administer medications.
The second phase of the project will have Genesis implementing fingerprint biometric user logon with Vergence, a single sign-on solution from Sentillion (News - Alert), a Microsoft company.
Sentillion Vergence is designed to improve caregiver productivity and satisfaction by making single sign-on virtually transparent within existing clinical workflows, according to Microsoft (News - Alert) officials.
These solutions enable Genesis staff members to instantly establish their identity with the simple touch of a finger, giving them faster access to the systems they are authorized to use, according to company officials.
“BIO-key's ability to operate with every major fingerprint reader manufacturer allowed us to evaluate various readers to determine which would work best in our environment,” said Ed Romito, vice president and CIO of Genesis Healthcare System, in a statement. “As a result of our testing, we determined that Lumidigm's Mercury sensor provided us with the best performance.”
Romito further said Genesis has seamlessly integrated BIO-key's identification solution into their operation to comply with the Ohio Pharmacy Board for two-factor authentication. “It is convenient and easy to use, streamlines our processes and improves our system's security.”
Earlier this year BIO-key International announced the launch of TruDonor ID, an identification solution that can cater to the needs of the blood collection industry, TMCnet reported.
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Edited by Tammy Wolf