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by Ken Raymond Modified: September 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm •  Published: September 25, 2012
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New device reads palms

Integris Health is bringing James Bond technology into everyday life. It is the first health care system to use a biometric palm scanner to identify patients and make patient registration go faster. PatientSecure “works by scanning the vein pattern of the patient's palm, which is considered 100 times more accurate than fingerprints,” according to an Integris news release.

“Every person has a unique vein pattern that does not change. The pattern is so precise that the system can even differentiate between identical twins.”

Using it for the first time takes less than a minute. Each use after that takes even less time.

The scanner “uses harmless near-infrared light, which is the same as the light of a TV remote control,” the release notes. “The advanced algorithm processes the patient's vein pattern to create an encrypted and protected digital file that that is linked to their unique medical record.”

The scanners already are in use at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon. All Integris hospitals in Oklahoma will be using them within four to six months.


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by Ken Raymond
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Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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