Product Facts

SafeMatch® products are an easy to use, cost-effective way to accurately identify patients and staff, and ensure controlled access to the right electronic health record at every stage of treatment. SafeMatch® systems help increase the privacy and security of electronic health records and reduce medical errors and costs associated with misidentification.

Patient misidentification is a serious problem

  • Failure to correctly identify patients constitutes one of the most serious risks to patient safety and can lead to improper treatment and serious medical errors. Patient misidentification kills, and permits staggering levels of fraud, medical error and privacy violation. It is a serious problem that cuts across all sectors of healthcare practice.
  • There are approximately 200,000 deaths in the US every year due to medical errors. (IOM and JCAHO). Ten out of 17 medical error deaths are due to "wrong patient errors", or failure to correctly identify a patient according to the IOM, JCAHO, and the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses.
  • Death Statistics, according to the IOM (2000):  
    • Wrong patient errors 114,706
    • Motor vehicle accidents: 43,458
    • Breast cancer: 42,297
    • Homicide: 22,824
    • AIDS: 17,347
  • According to the IOM statistics above, people are:
    • 2.64 times more likely to die from a wrong patient error than a motor vehicle accident
    • 2.71 times more likely to die from a wrong patient error than breast cancer
    • 5.03 times more likely to die from a wrong patient error than homicide
    • 6.61 times more likely to die from a wrong patient error than AIDS.
  • Patients need to be correctly identified and staff needs to be authenticated and authorized routinely throughout the care process. Current methods for matching the right patient to the right chart, record, procedure, and medication throughout the care process contain significant risk for error. Iris scanning can significantly reduce these risks.
  • Traditional approaches don't identify people, they identify an item or piece of information that can be lost, stolen, copied, forged, forgotten, loaned to others, and misread.
  • The current statistical approach to matching records to patients has fundamental limitations. These limitations are causing the margin of error to increase as the process is applied to a constantly growing number of patient records.

Iris ID can help solve the problem of patient misidentification

  • Iris identification is a quick, safe, non-contact, error-free method of identification.
  • Iris identification is the best method for biometric patient identification. Iris recognition is more accurate than either fingerprints or facial recognition, which is important where the standard is a zero error rate. With iris scanning, you always get the right record.
  • Iris identification has been used in major international airport, border checkpoint, and Olympic game security operations for the last ten years with zero identification errors.
  • The iris is the most unique feature visible on the human body. No two irises are the same--even identical twins have different iris patterns. The iris is our own built-in human bar code.
  • The abundance of detail in the iris, its variability and lack of genetic dependence, and its accessibility for imaging without physical contact all make the iris an excellent personal identifier.
  •  Fingerprint identification uses a contact sensor, a non-sterile pad that all persons must touch to be identified. In a clinical environment, it's likely that some users will have transmissible diseases, so non-contact technologies are a better choice.
  • Iris identification systems merely take a digital picture of the outside of your eye and do not provide any other health information. Identification is safe, sanitary, and requires no physical contact.With the power and accuracy of iris recognition, patients and staff members look into a handheld camera, and in less than two seconds, the system positively identifies the person.
  • Iris recognition technology uses a digital camera in combination with software that performs the following fnctions:
    • Acquires an image of the eye, which includes the iris
    • Defines the boundaries of the iris
    • Analyzes image data
    • Generates pattern data
    • Stores the pattern data
    • When recognition is desired, another image is taken, and pattern data from that image is matched to the stored data.

Why choose SafeMatch®?

The SafeMatch® identification system is an advanced, purpose-built biometric product that uses proven technology to positively identify PEOPLE, instead of things they carry. It identifies people using the pattern in the colored ring of the eye. This pattern is more unique than a fingerprint.

SafeMatch®  identification is user-friendly and cost-effective. The system was designed from the ground up to meet all of the speed, accuracy, cost, and patient comfort requirements of the health care industry.

A patient or staff member that is enrolled in the SafeMatch® system merely looks into the handheld camera to be identified. Our patented technology rapidly translates the pattern in a subject's eye to any unique number and returns it to the software application. For example, pattern data can be linked to a:

    • Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) assigned by a facility
    • Master Patient Index (MPI) number for interoperability
    • Staff ID number or National Provider Identifier (NPI) for record access control

The iris pattern data is useless outside the SafeMatch® identification system. Thus, the system prevents access by unauthorized persons and ensures that only the correct record is obtained, without compromising any personal information.

  • Iris recognition has proven its merit in high security applications around the world. The Eye Controls technical team previously developed and installed systems for critical applications like passport control, airport employee and airline crew identification, and access control at the Olympics. These systems operated reliably 24/7/365 at locations around the world, and performed nearly a million identifications with zero errors.
  • The powerful, flexible SafeMatch® system can be configured to support any desired hospital, clinical, insurance, Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), and Record Locator Service (RLS) function, including:
    • Positive patient identification
    • Enables EHR interoperability
    • Supports RLS operations
    • Verify whether patient is at the ID location to control access to RHIO records
    • Instantly retrieve the right patient record for diagnosis and for adding new information
    • Secure Login for HIPAA compliance Protect patient privacy
    • Combat Medical Identity Theft
    • Improve quality of care, prevents medical errors
    • Prevent medication errors by positively matching patient to medication
    • Ensures that test results and diagnoses go into the right record 
    • Positive medical staff identification for login and access to secure areas and equipment 
    • Insurance and claims verification 
    • Locating correct record for adding clinical data
    • Identification when taking lab samples
    • Identification before performing procedures
    • Adaptable for identification requirements of hospitals, clinics, urgent care, medical offices, RHIOs, and insurers
    •  Prevents and identifies duplicate records
  • Once a SafeMatch® server is in place, our low cost, handheld USB camera can be installed in any computer on the network to make the SafeMatch® ID service available to the applications running on that computer. Software developers can integrate SafeMatch® identification functions into their applications using a simple SDK, or the SafeMatch® system can fill a selected field in an existing application.
  • The unique, patent-pending SafeMatch®  LifeSaver™ camera and architecture makes it cost-effective to give every computer in a clinical facility instant, accurate identification capability.
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