Medical Identity Thieves Meet New Detective: The Palm Reader

Veins are 100 times more unique than figner or thumb prints: image via computerworld.comVeins are 100 times more unique than figner or thumb prints: image via computerworld.comAccording the the National Survey on Medical Identity Theft, about 1.4 million Americans were victims of medical identity theft in 2009.  Almost half of these victims did not learn of the theft until one or more years after their medical records were taken over and 'blended' with the thief's.  The time it takes to discover medical identity theft is one reason why this crime is on the rise; it's easier to get away with.

But a healthcare technology company, HT Systems, has come up with a brilliant way to reduce this crime fast: a biometric palm reader called PatientSecure. No abracadabra here. The PatientSecure won't foretell your future, but it will insure that your continue to get the healthcare you're entitled to, by taking a digital scan of your palm with a biometric reader that uses an infrared light to see the veins in your palm. 

Vein patterns are about 100 times more unique than finger and thumb prints, and they are much easier to verify. The way the system works, once a patient registers into his health care system or hospital, all he need do is offer his hand to scan and all of his health records will be called up onto a system-connected computer.

PatientSecure, Biometric Identification System: ©HT SystemsPatientSecure, Biometric Identification System: ©HT SystemsThe PatientSecure is not only effective at reducing medical identity theft, as healthcare membership and social security numbers are not required for identification, but PatientSecure reduces errors caused by duplication of names in healthcare databases.

And the PatientSecure system pulls up information instantly, shortening the wait for all patients, but most importantly, for trauma patients, who now have to answer a long list of questions about medical history. Even if a trauma patient is unconscious, her palm can be read and her medical history will be immediately accessible. 

The device has been available since 2007 and is being used by about 50 hospitals and hundreds of associated medical clinics and doctors offices nationwide.  More than four million patients have registered their palms.  

PatientSecure sounds very cool.  (There are several security applications for this device, aren't there?)

sources:  Computerworld, PatientSecure



Jun 19, 2011
by Anonymous

Improve Patient Safety

Issue embedded ID cards IE Aetna HMO, PPO cards.
Cards have chip with medical files inside chip.
Select code opens up chip to Read file.

Hand scanners.
Iris scanners

for Medical ID.

Recode Medical Records.

Delete personal data IE address, home, phone & place in seperate file???
Change Medical Records System.

Jun 22, 2011
by Anonymous

keylogger free

The good thing about your information is that it is explicit enough for the people. Thanks for putting it here.

Dec 30, 2011
by Anonymous


This could be a foolproof way of verifying people's identities.

Feb 1, 2012
by Anonymous


According to a fortune teller,your palm line change every 3 months.

Feb 1, 2012
by Anonymous


If you need a fortune teller,i can recommend one.

Feb 2, 2012
by Anonymous


Very convenient and will never get damaged or lost.

Feb 4, 2012
by Anonymous

Don't much rely on fortune

Don't much rely on fortune teller,you are the own creator of your own faith.

Feb 4, 2012
by Anonymous

Fortune telling is just a

Fortune telling is just a guide, god will make your own path.

Feb 5, 2012
by Anonymous

Well,somehow palm reader can

Well, somehow palm readers can also solve crimes :)