Patient ID technology raises concerns

Hospitals, such as Escondido, Calif.-based Palomar Medical Center, are using biometric technology, such as palm or iris scanning, to identify patients, but not everyone is convinced it is safe. In a commentary published this week in The New York Times, reporter Natasha Singer took issue with New York University Langone Medical Center's practice of palm scanning and photographs to protect against identity theft. Singer's primary beef is that the hospital doesn't make it clear to patients that the scans are optional. --Read the full article on FierceHealthIT