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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Introduces Biometric Identification

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) has introduced new technology to reduce paperwork, improve accuracy and prevent identity theft. 

PatientSecure, a device that images veins in the hand, is now being used to register and identify all patients. The device uses infrared light to scan the palm, then links the unique biometric trait to each patient’s electronic health record.

“PatientSecure provides a safe, secure, confidential, and easy way for our patients to register for care. It not only protects privacy and improves convenience, but it also enhances record accuracy by preventing duplications,” said Gwen Alonso, RN, FHZ’s chief nursing officer. “This technology streamlines the registration process by automatically pulling up a patient’s record, provides added protection from medical identity theft, and ensures each patient is correctly linked to their unique medical record.”

Alonso gave an example by stating that if an individual arrived at FHZ unconscious or unable to communicate, PatientSecure can be a lifesaving tool that quickly identifies the individual, opens their electronic health record, and alerts medical professionals to crucial information including medical history, allergies and current medications.  

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County.  It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida.  Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and HealthGrades for providing quality patient care with emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings including orthopedic services such as hip and knee replacement and MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee replacement. The Women’s Health Center offers services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers 24/7 emergency services including a “fast track” option, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit FHZeph.org for more information.