Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Thursday, September 12, 2013) – BioClaim, Inc. announced as part of its ongoing effort to focus on patient safety, Amerigroup Community Care of Florida, a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., will implement BioClaim’s patented biometric software at select physician offices in the state.
“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Amerigroup Florida,” said Scott Kimmel, executive vice president and general counsel of BioClaim, Inc. “They have consistently demonstrated their willingness to pilot and implement cutting edge technologies and we look forward to helping Amerigroup reduce fraud such as phantom billing while protecting their members and providers from card swapping and medical identity theft.”
“We are excited to participate in this innovative pilot which will maintain the accuracy of electronic health records and help our members lead healthier lives while promoting fraud prevention.” said Dr. Eina Fishman, Amerigroup Florida chief medical officer.
BioClaim will implement SafeMatch® from Eye Controls at the chosen offices.
"Eye Controls is pleased to take part in this Payer sponsored initiative in concert with BioClaim," said Milan Popovich, chief operating officer for Eye Controls. "The Eye Controls SafeMatch® Iris Camera System for Patient Registration and Identification has been successfully installed across the country starting in 2008, and has been seamlessly integrated with a myriad of EMR vendors. This flexibility will allow BioClaim to easily incorporate SafeMatch® into virtually any medical practice and will allow BioClaim to provide the payer community with an absolute assurance that the correct patient was identified and treated on a particular day and time, as part of the BioClaim reporting functionality."
About BioClaim, Inc.
BioClaim is a multi-patented biometric software platform that protects patients, providers and payers from fraudulent transactions while protecting the integrity of the electronic medical record. BioClaim creates a record of each patient visit which is transported like a virtual bridge from the provider’s front desk to the payer in real time. The absence of the biometric template indicates a patient was not present on the date of services even though a bill was generated on their behalf. BioClaim is easily integrated with any electronic health record for accurate patient identification to guarantee entries and diagnosis to an electronic health systems are solely those that are attributed to the correct patient. BioClaim is truly the only solution that benefits payers, providers and patients. For more information, please visit www.BioClaim.com
About Amerigroup Florida
Amerigroup Florida has provided health care coverage in the state since 2003. We currently serve 251,000 members in the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Security Income/Aged, Blind and Disabled (SSI/ABD), and Long-Term Care (LTC) programs in 61 counties in the Gulf, central and south Florida regions. We also offer Medicare Advantage plans in several counties. Our associates share genuine pride in making a difference in the lives of people who might need a little help. We are fortunate to call these combined efforts our work.
About SafeMatch® from Eye Controls
Eye Control's SafeMatch® Iris camera system has been in use since 2008 for positive patient registration and identification in Europe as well as across the US. SafeMatch® helps to reduce fraud and abuse, improves patient safety, and eliminates the cost of consolidating duplicate medical record entries for hospitals and clinic systems. SafeMatch® requires no physical contact with patients, making it an ideal tool for use in any health care setting, and SafeMatch® has been integrated with the majority of EMR vendors in order to fit into any existing medical facilities work-flow seamlessly. For more information visit www.eye-controls.com
When a Columbus (Ohio) man was indicted by a grand jury in April on identity theft charges, the case had nothing to do with stolen credit cards or bank accounts. Instead, police say the suspect, who pleaded not guilty, used a South Carolina man’s identity to obtain more than $300,000 in treatment at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
Data breaches at hospitals may cost the U.S. health-care industry as much as $7 billion a year, according to the Ponemon Institute, a Michigan-based organization that studies privacy, data protection, and security. And that doesn’t count the unknown cost of fraudulent use of information from lost or stolen insurance cards and drivers licenses. HCA Holdings (HCA) hospitals in London and many U.S. providers have a solution: using biometric technology to verify patient identities. “If you don’t have a good way of authenticating legitimate users,” says Ponemon Chairman Larry Ponemon, “whatever you do on the other side isn’t going to be good enough.”
Biometric devices that recognize people’s physical traits—think iris scanners or palm vein readers—are no longer the stuff of spy movies or border control. Consultant Acuity Market Intelligence forecasts global biometric device sales will increase about 20 percent a year to almost $11 billion by 2017. And device makers, such as France’s Safran (SAF), Japan’s Fujitsu (6702), and AOptix Technologies and M2Sys Technology in the U.S., say demand from health-care providers is growing. Ensuring the right person gets the right medicine is the main reason to use biometric devices, but they also reduce the risk of medical identity fraud, which can leave hospitals with unpaid bills and consumers on the hook for care they didn’t receive. “You can make a lot of money very quickly as a criminal [bilking insurers] with a low probability of getting caught,” says Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit researcher. “It’s a far easier crime to commit than robbing a bank.”
Using biometric technologies such as iris scans or facial-recognition software gives a level of assurance of a person’s identity that can’t be provided by a password or key card, which can be used by someone else, says Ted Dunstone, chief executive officer of Sydney-based consulting firm Biometix. The technology is also becoming more affordable, with iris-scanning units costing $200 to $300.
The iris is considered the best biometric identifier, says AOptix, whose technology is used at Gatwick Airport in London. With so many unique features, an iris scan is 100,000 times more resistant to false identification than facial-recognition software, says Joey Pritikin, AOptix’s director of product marketing for identity solutions. HCA, the largest for-profit U.S. hospital chain, chose scanners using iris technology developed by Maryland-based Eye Controls for its private facilities in London over patient ID cards with magnetic strips. “We needed something that people can’t not bring with them,” says Mike Gogola, chief information officer at HCA’s global division. (Patients frown on fingerprinting, associated with identifying criminals.) Eye Controls’ technology has also been used at Urban Health Plan, which operates medical centers in New York City. Atlanta-based M2Sys says it’s signed up dozens of hospitals, including Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, N.C., and Phoebe Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald, Ga.
More than half of the 80 health-care organizations that participated in a Ponemon Institute survey reported one or more incidents of medical identity theft. Forty-five percent reported having more than five data breaches over the past two years. “This is a technology whose time has arrived both in a cost sense and in terms of its potential utilization,” says Biometix’s Dunstone.
At HCA’s British hospitals, scanners are used when patients check in, as well as in radiology and at the cashier. When a patient is first enrolled, a camera takes a digital picture of the iris using LED lights. Gogola says most people approve, though using the system isn’t mandatory. “Patients equate high-tech with high quality,” he says.
The bottom line: Data breaches cost hospitals about $7 billion a year. Biometric scanning gear is being used to verify patients’ identities.
From the September 15, 2008 eHealth Initiative Weekly Newsletter:
Member Spotlight: eHI Sits Down with eHI Member, Eye Controls
Claudia Ellison, eHI's Director of Development, had the opportunity last week to chat with Evan Smith, CEO of Eye Controls, a Chantilly, VA-based biometrics company. Eye Controls has been an eHI member since 2007.
What is your organization's role/interest in health information technology, and how long have you been engaged in that field?
We make biometric ID systems that use iris recognition to identify staff and patients. We've been installing this proven technology in airports around the world since 1999, and in clinical facilities since 2007.
Describe one of your key initiatives regarding HIT.
About two years ago, we looked at the growing movement toward EMRs and HIEs. We asked ourselves, how will the personal information be secured? How will clinicians get the right data in the right record every time? How will they avoid using the wrong record to treat a patient? We realized that this industry needs state-of-the-art ID systems. The iris technology we were using to secure airports is error-free, non-contact, and far more accurate than fingerprints, but the systems designed for airport purposes were too expensive for clinical use. So we spend over a year in the lab and in field testing to perfect an iris ID system that's purpose-built for health care.
What is unique about your approach?
It's the only iris system on the market that was designed to meet medical needs. Staff and patients look into a $249 handheld camera, and the system instantly translates their iris pattern into a unique ID number assigned by the facility. The system works with all identity management and EMR software.
What are your goals for the future regarding HIT and your role in eHI?
We're passionate about using our biometric expertise to help solve the problems in health care. We want to prevent fraud and identity theft, reduce costs, and save lives. Our involvement in eHI lets us add our voice to those of other organizations that share these goals.