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Children's Clinics Deploys Secures Electronic Health Records with Fingerprint Biometrics

Children's Clinics Deploys Secures Electronic Health Records with Fingerprint Biometrics

Editor / Provider: DigitalPerson | Updated: 8/25/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

DigitalPerson, a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions, announced Children's Clinics for Rehabilitative Services (Children's Clinics) has deployed DigitalPersona Pro data protection and access security software and U.are.U Fingerprint Readers to enhance the rollout of its new electronic health records (EHR) system. Using fingerprint biometrics, Children's Clinics has eliminated the need for employees and contract healthcare providers to remember passwords to access applications and sensitive patient information. This new system improves workflow efficiency, increases patient data security and significantly reduces IT helpdesk requests for lost or forgotten passwords.

With more than 25 specialty clinics, primary care and therapy services, Children's Clinics offers Southern Arizona's families a wide range of healthcare services to meet the health care needs of their children. The organization was transitioning to NextGen Ambulatory EHR from years of utilizing paper charts. Children's Clinics was challenged with managing login credentials and needed a solution to help streamline the login process to improve workflow. More than 40 percent of the clinic's staff are part-time contract providers who only work in the clinic a couple of times a month. Because contactors only use the systems when they are at the clinic, passwords could easily be forgotten. Time and resources would be wasted recovering and reissuing passwords, causing frustration for both providers and patients.

"As we rolled out our new EHR system, it was important for us to make the transition easy for our providers who had to learn the new system. Our providers were already frustrated with having to learn another EHR system so we wanted the login process to be as fast and as simple as possible," said William Mayo, information systems supervisor, Children's Clinics. "Using DigitalPersona Pro and U.are.U Fingerprint Readers allows our providers to log into our EHR system without the hassle of remembering their password. User acceptance has been positive because employees can quickly and easily access their applications from any exam room PC with just their finger."

"The finger print readers have been the best part of the whole EHR roll out. I love it," said Dr. Sydney Rice, Medical Director, Children's Clinics. "Implementation went smoothly and our providers quickly became fans. It is wonderful to avoid yet another username and password."

By integrating DigitalPersona Pro and U.are.U Fingerprint Readers with the rollout of its EHR system, Children's Clinics was able to significantly speed up the login process required to access the applications throughout the organization. DigitalPersona Pro's kiosk feature has helped to streamline workflow processes by eliminating the need to constantly re-enter strong passwords required for exam room PCs. Since many employees are involved in a patients visit, employees can log out of the EHR in the exam room PC and the next employee can continue the exam where the previous employee left off. The solution helps address compliance with industry regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, by strengthening authentication in ways that doctors, nurses and clinical staff find easy to use. Children's Clinics staff can instantly access a broad set of applications OWA email, Exchange email, Ramsoft PACS, other community EHR systems, and information, including health records, radiology images and email.

DigitalPersona Biometric Solution Deployed at MSUFCU

DigitalPersona Biometric Solution Deployed at MSUFCU

Editor / Provider: DigitalPersona | Updated: 11/19/2010 | Article type: Education

DigitalPersona, a provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions, announced Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has deployed its management software and fingerprint readers. The solution eliminates the need for employees to remember and manually type separate passwords to more than 60 applications. DigitalPersona management system uses fingerprint biometrics to verify the user’s identity and then enters the appropriate password needed for each application. As a result, MSUFCU has improved customer service times and reduced overall risk.

MSUFCU is one of the largest university-based credit unions with more than US$1.8 billion in assets and more than 153,000 members. The credit union has more than 300 employees who access more than 60 applications to handle everything from transactions with the Federal Reserve or American Express to inputting daily timecards. Given the high-access security requirements of these applications, employees must change each application’s password every 90 days. MSUFCU’s security policies require the use of passwords that contain three or more types of characters, such as lower or upper case letters, numbers or symbols, making password memorization a major challenge. The credit union sought a solution that could simplify application login to improve customer service and overall productivity while improving the protection of confidential data. MSUFCU selected the software to solve these challenges.

"Our members require fast, accurate service," said Debbie Serrano, Network Technician, MSUFCU. "DigitalPersona provides us with an authentication and single sign-on solution without the large price tag that often comes with big enterprise security solutions. The system integrated into environment and enables us to reduce our business risk while allowing employees to do what they do best. Instead of getting frustrated with having to remember dozens of complex passwords, they simply use their finger to log in."

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