UMANICK Identity for Health, UMANICK’s secure patient identification solution, has recently been implemented with great success at the Onco-Hematology Day Hospital of the University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca in Murcia, one of the most important Spanish hospitals with around 900 beds.
For three months, from January 1 to March 31 2016, UMANICK has carried out, together with the Murcia Health Service, a pilot project to study the impact of biometric identification in improving patient safety and healthcare processes in this Day Hospital.
The project, part of the FICHe programme (Future Internet Challenge eHealth) of the European Commission, was very well received, both by patients and clinical staff. Some 1,400 people registered to participate voluntarily in the study, exceeding initial expectations by far.
278 of these patients, 19% of the total, agreed to answer an anonymous survey conducted by UMANICK to assess their personal experience and their satisfaction with the new system of secure identification. Similarly, 55 professionals, including doctors, nurses and nursing assistants of the Day Hospital, responded to the survey designed by UMANICK to collect the views of the clinical staff involved in the project.
From the analysis of the surveys, it can be concluded that most patients think that biometrics is beneficial for them (95%) and biometric identification systems are safer and more accurate than usual identification systems, such as wristbands or cards.
Also, most of them believe that biometrics are the best identification method for the Day Hospital, especially in the admission (87% of the patients), blood extraction (96%), medication/medical treatment administration (96%) and blood transfusion (97%) processes. Respondents also highlighted that the system is fast and convenient: 95% believe that the biometric identification system is easy and convenient, and 92% say that it is fast.
92% of patients surveyed would recommend using the biometric identification system to other patients, and 94% would like that this system is extended to other hospital services.
In the case of medical practitioners and nursing staff, they believe that biometrics is the safest way to identify patients (95% of the surveyed) and that protects better the privacy of patient data (91%). The majority (89%) would recommend patients to use it and would extend it to other areas of the hospital, such as ER or Hospitalization. They also believe that the system is easy and convenient (82%).
At UMANICK we are committed with the safety of persons and organizations. Our biometric software with fingerprint, face, voice and iris recognition, allows people to identify themselves in an easy and secure way. Something impossible with the traditional methods of cards and passwords.
Our main mission is to safeguard patient safety in the healthcare sector. Our solutions avoid patient harm stemming from identification errors in healthcare processes at hospitals and medical centres. We also eliminate fraud by patient identity theft, reduce healthcare spending, and improve the image and reputation of the hospital.
Other sectors that benefit from our secure identification biometric systems are Banking and means of payment, Public Administration and Education.
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