Imprivata, IT Security Company based in Lexington, Massachusetts, has partnered with Cloud-based patient matching technology platform Verato to advance biometric system for patient identity management. As part of the collaboration, Imprivata connects its PatientSecure patient identification solution with Verato’s Universal MPI, a Cloud-based master patient index platform. Imprivata’s PatientSecure creates a 1:1 match between individual patients and their unique medical records, retrieving digital health data through biometric identification at all points of care. Established in the year 2002, Imprivata builds and sells the OneSign Platform for securing employee access to desktops, networks, and applications using a single sign-on.
Verato’s Cloud-based matching platform links and matches identities across incongruent sources, leveraging a self-learning database of U.S. identities as a reference, or universal answer key. Patient matching is the process, wherein health data is precisely connected and attributed to the correct patient, then enabling physicians and others to analyze the complete patient’s information and ultimately provide better care for them. According to Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit organization noted that biometrics and referential matching are among the cornerstone opportunities to improve patient matching in the exchange of health information. In that contrast, a 2018 RAND report claimed that smartphones and mobile apps could be feasible solutions to the patient matching problem. Additionally, RAND noted that such methods still need to be tested and further developed.
As part of the announcement, the new platform integrates biometrics technology to capture patient identities with referential matching, helps in ensuring all records are linked to the correct patient. Moreover, the service is aimed at assisting providers to better support patient-directed access and remove information blocking, considering forthcoming regulations from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.