Health care patient ID verification and protection

Patient data is more accessible than ever thanks to patient and provider mobile connectivity. Data protection and patient ID verification have become critical parts of health care infrastructure. Providers want to identify their patients as quickly as possible, if they’re in need of emergency treatment, but they also need to ensure the data they're reading is accurate and secure.

Read this guide to understand how different health care patient ID verification technologies and trends, including single sign-on, data breach protection and response, and more, have affected and will continue to shape the health IT industry.

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ID verification

Identification numbers or codes can be used to authenticate doctors and verify the accuracy of patient data. Hospitals also use IDs to control what information doctors can access through the use of their mobile devices. Read more to see other ways in which IDs are currently used in health care facilities.

Stage 2 of meaningful use needs ID proofing

Online patient groups protect data and IDs

Use IDs to protect iPad use in health care settings

Single sign-on in health care

Single sign-on technology enables doctors and patients more convenient access to their information by giving them one login name and password that grants them access to various processes. Read how else single sign-on is used to protect and grant access to critical data.

Creating a single sign-on plan

Providers fast to adopt single sign-on

Survey says docs approve of single sign-on

Patient info data breaches

Instances of compromised or stolen data are preventable through patient and physician education. However, there have been examples of data breaches in which patient information has been exposed, including a notable breach at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

BIDMC data breach exposes patient PHI

CIO offers data breach plan advice

Tennessee data breach costs $1.5 million

Future patient ID options and regulations

A national system consisting of a unique patient ID for every American has been a stated goal of some health care personnel. This is one possible option for secure patient identification in the future. There are other areas, like cloud and mobile devices, that are changing the way that health care IDs will be used.

Emergencies call for unique patient identifiers

Logon IDs in a HIPAA-friendly cloud

Regulate mobile device access with IDs