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Picis ED PulseCheck Increases Security and Privacy Protection in Nearly 150 Hospitals Through the Use of DigitalPersona Biometrics
Nov 17, 2009 (08:11 AM EST)


REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- DigitalPersona, Inc., a leader in fingerprint identity and authentication solutions, today announced that its customer, Picis, has realized a high level of success in security and privacy protection for its Picis ED PulseCheck(R) Emergency Department Information System (EDIS), which incorporates DigitalPersona's U.are.U(R) Fingerprint Readers and One Touch(R) for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). Picis, a global provider of information solutions that help increase patient satisfaction, improve clinicians' access to patient information and optimize organizational efficiency in the acute care areas within hospitals, chose DigitalPersona products to help emergency department (ED) personnel eliminate the need to remember passwords to access patient data. Since biometrically enabling ED PulseCheck, nearly 150 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have implemented fingerprint authentication for quick and secure access to information while helping to comply with privacy regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Picis ED PulseCheck, part of the CareSuite(R) family of high-acuity solutions, provides clinicians with electronic documentation, risk management and patient tracking in the emergency department. "It is used in dynamic environments where easy, secure access to applications is critical," said Todd Winey, director of alliance partnerships for Picis. "When treating patients in the emergency department, the medical staff may not have time to call the help desk for a forgotten password. By adding DigitalPersona fingerprint authentication we were able to offer secure access with just one touch."

The doctors, nurses and hospital staff must routinely access a number of applications with many different usernames and passwords. Remembering usernames and passwords can be challenging, especially in a high-pressure environment, such as the ED that operates around the clock. With fingerprint biometrics, ED PulseCheck frees users from having to remember or type a password. Instead, they simply place their finger on a U.are.U fingerprint reader. This helps prevent unauthorized medical staff from accessing confidential patient data, and also links users specifically to their actions.

"Biometrics adoption is increasing as more organizations look to boost accountability, simplify compliance with state and federal regulations and streamline access to confidential data," said Jim Fulton, vice president of marketing at DigitalPersona. "In a hospital environment, traditional authentication tools, such as usernames and passwords, can potentially impede workflow and reduce the quality of patient care. DigitalPersona technology enables secure access with just the touch of a finger."

The U.are.U Fingerprint Readers and One Touch for Windows SDK from DigitalPersona allow a wide range of Windows-based applications to use fingerprint biometrics to rapidly identify individuals. This can provide greater differentiation for application developers, as well as higher efficiency and customer satisfaction. Additional information can be found at: HASH(0x133ea60) .

DigitalPersona, Inc. is a leading provider of fingerprint identity and authentication solutions for enterprises, custom application developers and consumers. The company offers software and hardware that protects people and businesses by enabling them to control their digital identities. For end users, DigitalPersona provides strong identity protection that's uniquely easy to use; the company's business solutions help organizations address growing security, compliance and loss prevention demands. DigitalPersona's award-winning technology has been used worldwide by over 95 million people, and its solutions are offered by market-leading manufacturers such as HP, Dell, IBM and NCR. For more information contact DigitalPersona, Inc. at +1 650.474.4000, or visit HASH(0x1328be0) .

(C) 2009 DigitalPersona, Inc. All rights reserved. DigitalPersona, One Touch and U.are.U are trademarks of DigitalPersona, Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Derek James of McGrath/Power Public Relations, +1-408-727-0351, derekj@mcgrathpower.com, for DigitalPersona, Inc.

Web site: http://www.digitalpersona.com//