Originally Published MPMN
Originally Published MPMN November 2003
HOTLINEFingerprint Sensors Enhance Accuracy in User-Authentication Applications
The units help to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations
|AuthenTec's TruePrint technology-based fingerprint sensors provide convenient and reliable security for user identification and authentication purposes.|
Technology-based fingerprint sensors provide a convenient, reliable, and secure way for medical personnel to comply with the Health Industry Portability
and Accountability Act (HIPAA). They can replace PINs, passwords, physical access cards, and keys. The sensors ensure that only authorized personnel have access to medical records and electronic medical equipment.
Offered by AuthenTec Inc. (Melbourne, FL), the sensors use the company's patented TruePrint technology, which allows fingerprints to be read several layers below the surface of the skin. Because the sensors penetrate through the surface, they are unaffected by common dermatalogic conditions such as dry, worn, or calloused skin. As a result, fingerprint images can be acquired under virtually any condition.
According to the company, TruePrint is the first technology to make fingerprint biometrics suitable for mass-market adoption. Medical companies especially will benefit from this technology. "Our medical customers are aware that HIPAA guidelines recommend biometrically enabled systems as the preferred option to passwords," says Mike Verstegen, president of Plexus Technology Group.
The company, which provides electronic manufacturing services, will offer complete engineering, design, and integration services for the sensors.
Medical device manufacturers are already looking into the possibility of integrating fingerprint sensors into small handheld patient-specific drug-delivery devices. "By verifying the correct owner, the device can prohibit someone else from accessing drugs like narcotics," says Oliver Mihm, director of project management for Plexus. "Also, because these units are electronic, they can track dosage schedules to ensure patients are properly meeting them."
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