MASON CITY, Iowa – Local patients at area hospitals will now have a new way to give their information, which will help protect them from identity theft.
Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa is employing a new high-tech system for registering patients.
The PatientSecure palm scanning system will get patients in quickly and accurately when accessing medical records by scanning the vein pattern of the registrant’s palm.
Lori Rogers, patient access and registration manager, says their main concern is to make sure patient information is secure and safe.
“Nowadays there’s been a lot of identity theft on the rise and we want to do whatever we can to protect patient’s records and ensure safety for our patients.”
The new system will go into effect starting Monday, but patients will have the option to switch over to the new system if they would like.