Biometrics firms are finalists in $1m patient ID contest
17 May 2017 15:09 GMT

Biometric patient ID solutions feature heavily among the finalists of a U$1m challenge to develop a solution that ensures 100 percent accuracy of every patient’s health data to reduce preventable medical errors.

The challenge is being organised by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

The four challenge finalists include:

Michael Braithwaite, founder and CEO of biometrics development vendor Personavera, for his proposal to achieves patient identification through the use of multiple biometric technologies.

Bon Sy, a computer scientists and electrical engineer who specializes in biometrics security and privacy, whose solution identifies patients by analyzing a combination of behavioral and biometric information.

Team HarmonIQ Health System, a workflow and analytics solutions vendor, whose submission leverages blockchain, public ledger, FHIR and encryption and hashing technologies to identify patients.

Team RightPatient, a biometric patient identification company, based on a proposal that taps into photos, biometric third-party and other data, to enable patient identification.

“The time is now to solve this problem,” said Liz Johnson, chair of CHIME’s board of trustees and chief information officer for acute care hospitals and applied clinical informatics at Tenet Healthcare. “Our patients deserve better and the CHIME Healthcare Innovation Trust National Patient ID Challenge has presented the industry with a great opportunity to address this serious patient safety issue in our healthcare system. We know that a workable solution exists, and we are thrilled to announce that four worthy solutions will proceed to the prototype testing round.”