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Jul 31, 2011

New York Hospital Trades Insurance Cards for Vein Scanners

Langone Medical Center in New York is streamlining the hospital check-in process with specialized scanners from Fujitsu that recognize the unique vein pattern of your palm.With these scanners, there's no need to flash your insurance card or fill out long forms when you enter the hospital. You don't even have to be conscious.

Each scan is saved as a numeric code and tied to your medical record, but it's not stored with the record. So relax, voyeuristic hospital personnel can't ogle your beautiful blood vein patterns.Besides efficiency, the hospital hopes these scanners will reduce medical errors which is a good thing. These mistakes cause almost 100,000 deaths and cost the medical profession almost $20 billion each year.
 
 

9 comments:

Mark said...

This is interesting, but still somehow kind of creepy.

Inverse said...

Awesome. Hope this kind of tech becomes globally widespread.

67dude said...

"100,000 deaths "


Ho god

Natural One said...

I agree with Mark, sounds creepy.

The Liquor Guy said...

Very nice. A step beyond the typical retinal scanner

BigOryx said...

sounds interesting...

SoreLosersGaming said...

Sounds pretty sweet.

Shame America can't understand that a health-care system needs to be universal and still forces people to get insurance, though.

AllWiredAdmin said...

"So it appears you have no insurance Mr. Richards! Hahaha. Sorry about that. Cash or credit? Ooooh can't afford? Sorry to hear. We'll keep you in ICU for the meantime.

"Oh Mr. Richards, fantastic news. We got you mixed up with the OTHER Mr. Richards who also suffered a similar injury. Small world eh?! Sign here and we can get you back on your feet!"

"*flatline*"

Kid Shuffle said...

Hmm....sounds fishy