Federal and state rules are starting to require more security for physicians that use electronic prescribing technology. The DEA wants prescribers to add a layer of authentication and Ohio has also mandated the additional factor.
“You can image doctors using biometrics to extract drugs from a medical dispensing station for example,” says Phil Scarfo, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Lumidigm. “Once people are enrolled in that particular type of system, a doctor or a nurse, you already know their identity biometrically and they can begin to use their biometric on a shared workstation to log on to maybe an EMR system.”
Starting with e-prescribing it could branch out to other health care systems. “You can begin to start thinking about using a biometric within the broader IT infrastructure of a hospital to deal with a variety of applications that basically make the job of the doctor or nurse simpler, and not just something that gets in their way,” Scarfo continues.