In today’s society, especially here in the United States, healthcare is becoming of prime importance. No matter how young or old we are, we always need to have to healthcare. Recently, the healthcare industry changed drastically when the Patient and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) was enacted into legislation. This has become the first major overhaul of the healthcare industry here in the United States since the 1960’s. One of the main goals of this piece of legislation is to make healthcare insurance affordable to everybody. But however, despite this, there are still many security risks which are inherent in our healthcare system. As a result, the “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996” (also known as HIPAA) was enacted into legislation. Part II of HIPAA deals with the security issues in the healthcare system, and consists of the following components:
- The Administrative Safeguard:
These are the policies and the procedures which have been designed so that the entity in question (such as a hospital, private healthcare practicioner) will comply with the newly established security regulations;
- The Physical Safeguard:
These are the policies which mandates the use of physical access controls over the computers and other information access points in order to protect against uauthorized access to patient information and data;
- Technical Safeguards:
These policies dictate how computer systems can be accessed, as well as how wireless communications should be protected so that confidential patient information and data can be prevented from being intercepted by a malicious third party, and assuming that the intended recipient actually receives the patient data that he or she has specifically requested.
To address these stringent security safeguards as mandated by HIPAA, the use of Biometrics has been called upon. The use of Fingerprint Recognition has been most widely used, but most recently, Iris Recognition has been called upon to meet these security requirements. Iris Recognition is much quicker and easier to use, and creates a much more sterile and hygienic environment because of its non-contactless nature.
One such product is the “IriShield” manufactured by IriTech, Inc., based here in the United States. This device allows you to log into any computer, workstation, server, or wireless device in order to securely access confidential patient files and records.
The benefits of using the IriShield include the following:
- 1,000 stored Iris Templates can be matched in just 500 milliseconds;
- It consists of auto capture cameras in order to take a snapshot of the iris;
- It integrates seamlessly with other existing healthcare technology;
- It has secure, on board processing;
- The iris templates are 100% safe and secure within the device;
- The device is ultra compact and lightweight, thus making it the ideal security solution for the healthcare sector;
- It has very low power consumption;
- It can work across a wide range of operating systems such as Windows and Linux.