DigitalPersona, Inc., a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions, today announced that Memorial Hospital of Union County, Marysville, OH., has selected the DigitalPersona® Pro endpoint protection suite to help meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for secure access to electronic health records (EHR). DigitalPersona’s centrally-managed biometric authentication solution allows Memorial Hospital to prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient records. Additionally, the DigitalPersona solution has helped Memorial Hospital reduce IT costs from password resets. In deploying its secure EHR, Memorial Hospital will be eligible to secure federal grant dollars.
Memorial Hospital, a not-for-profit independent community hospital provides acute and primary care to more than 40,000 residents of Union County and five surrounding counties. Memorial’s IT staff is currently rolling out DigitalPersona’s strong authentication solution to more than 600 employees. Memorial Hospital required a solution that would provide authorized users with quick, secure access to PCs in compliance with HIPAA. Authorized users include Memorial Hospital’s full-time employees as well as contingent employees who only work at the hospital two or three days each month. Given that they work at many hospitals and have to remember logins for many different systems, contingent staff traditionally have the highest password reset rate.
“The DigitalPersona solution provides quick, secure access to our electronic systems including our EHR, improving clinician-patient interaction at the point of care,” said Carl Zani, information systems director at Memorial Hospital of Union County. “Since deploying DigitalPersona Pro, we’ve experienced a reduction in helpdesk calls for password resets, particularly from contingent staff. This improves overall efficiency and reduces our IT costs.”
The DigitalPersona solution includes DigitalPersona Pro Workstation software, DigitalPersona Pro Server for Active Directory, DigitalPersona Pro ID Server and U.are.U® Fingerprint Readers. With Memorial Hospital’s accelerated timescale, it was critical to find a solution that would fit seamlessly into their existing infrastructure. DigitalPersona Pro Server integrates tightly with the hospital’s Active Directory infrastructure. DigitalPersona Pro ID Server enables users to log-in from any fingerprint enabled computer within the hospital. Memorial Hospital will provide users with fingerprint authentication to all enterprise applications including Claims Administrator, Pathways Compliance Advisor, Embla, Medtuity, IMPAX, OBIX, Horizon Patient Folder, Horizon Business Folder, Softlab, Paragon, and Systoc.
“DigitalPersona is providing Memorial Hospital with a turnkey biometric authentication solution for both point-of-care and back-office applications that drives down costs and increases security,” said Jim Fulton, vice president of marketing, DigitalPersona, Inc. “DigitalPersona Pro is ideal for helping healthcare organizations leverage Stimulus funds to make a quick and seamless transition to a secure EHR system.”