El Centro Regional Medical Center Simplifying Check-in With Palm Scans

EL CENTRO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ECRMC has rolled out a new check-in procedure for safe, secure and fast patient registration, implementing the PatientSecure™ Palm Vein Biometric Patient Identification System.

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The PatientSecure System, developed by Tampa Fla. based HT Systems, works by scanning the vein pattern in patients' palms. Because vein pattern in a palm is highly unique to each person, and often considered 100 times more accurate than finger prints, these scans can be associated with patient medical records securely. Upon registration patients have the option to have their palm scanned and associated with their medical records. Doing so ensures instant confirmation of identity at check-in, accurate patient identification and privacy – limiting the amount of personal information shared verbally.

"ECRMC is committed to providing the highest quality of care possible to the Imperial Valley. The PatientSecure System is safe, secure and will help us continue to improve the level of care for our community," said David Green, CEO of ECRMC. "It is worth noting that in many healthcare systems, ours included, it is common to have multiple patients with the same first and last name, and this system helps prevent any misidentification."

The hospital began implementing the system on September 21 and currently has 50 scanners in use. The scanners use harmless near-infrared light, which is the same as the light of a TV remote control. The advanced algorithm processes the vein pattern to create an encrypted and protected digital file, which is linked to the patient's unique medical record.

"With fewer cumbersome forms and less questioning we are certain our patients will benefit greatly," added Green. "We encourage anyone registering at our hospital to take advantage of this new technology."

ECRMC will be at the Imperial County Health & Benefits Fair with PatientSecure on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 registering County employees with the new technology.


El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) is a licensed 165-bed general acute care facility located in El Centro, Calif. ECRMC is committed to providing the community with high quality healthcare as reflected in its mission statement: "To Provide Healthcare Excellence For The Imperial Valley."

ECRMC is moving forward with the planning and development of the hospital expansion project that will replace the older portion of the hospital. In addition, the hospital is developing a new facility to meet the needs of the Imperial Valley and provide an advanced healthcare facility and service. In addition, in December 2011, the hospital will open a new Outpatient Clinic at the corners of 4th and Main St. in El Centro.

ECRMC has recently announced a collaboration with the Oncology and Hematology Center of Imperial Valley to create the El Centro Regional Medical Center Oncology and Hematology Center. Maintaining its commitment to medical technology advancement, the hospital has invested in the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System. The surgery system allows for safe and less intrusive procedures in various surgical fields, including urology, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology and more.

Effective August 2010, ECRMC partnered with TeamHealth, one of the nation's leading healthcare staffing organizations, to provide high quality emergency department management and staffing, elevating the hospital's ER department.

Kathleen Pipkin
Director of Public Relations & Special Projects
El Centro Regional Medical Center
[email protected]

SOURCE El Centro Regional Medical Center