Ohio fire department deploys fingerprint biometrics service to access patient records
The Stow (Ohio) Fire Department recently deployed MyChoice, a Web-based subscription service from My LifePlan that uses fingerprint biometrics to access patient records. Responders are using BIO-key International’s biometric solution to scan program enrollee’s fingerprints in order to gain instant access to health records on scene, said Michael Depasquale, BIO-key’s CEO.
Enrollees subscribe to the company’s MyChoice program for a monthly fee. Their fingerprints are recorded and their medical records are aggregated into a centralized database, Depasquale said. Responders then can access aggregated records using a software-based, encrypted biometric identification solution.
Lou Ann Metz, division chief for the Stow Fire Department, said the department often responds to EMS calls where patients are unable to speak for themselves, such as Alzheimer patients. The Web-based patient-data system in conjunction with BIO-Key’s biometric solution lets its first responders scan a patient’s finger to access to critical information.
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