For hospitals with high-level security needs, such as those with neonatal intensive care units, secure laboratories or even server rooms, enabling access to the right people at the right time can be a challenge. PINs and passwords can be forgotten, and card-based systems can be unwieldy for users—not to mention all of these items can end up in the wrong hands. But the human eye, like a fingerprint, enables unique, easier access.
The EyeLock device by Stanley Healthcare use the human iris to provide simple, highly secure identity authentication for a variety of applications. Since no two irises are alike, iris authentication can provide unparalleled precision—only DNA is a more accurate human identifier.
EyeLock’s platform uses video technology to deliver a fast and user-friendly experience to identify the more than 240 unique characteristics in each iris.
“Instead of a badge or card reader to get into a building or through a door, this technology reads your iris and knows you have access,” says Lynn Tarkington, assistant vice president, Physician Services, at HealthTrust. “It sounds a bit like a James Bond movie, but it makes a lot of sense because of all the secure and private areas in a hospital.”
The NanoNXT device, which is ideal for authenticating identity at physical access points, can accurately authenticate the iris whether a person is in motion or at a distance. The technology can easily integrate with existing platforms, and the device itself can store up to 20,000 users. It also offers tamper detection and remote, cloud-based management.
The lightweight and portable myris, a USB-powered iris identity authenticator, can help enroll users, as well as secure workstations, high-value transactions, critical databases and information systems.
While physical access is one important application for iris identity authentication, another is connected health. As the Internet of Things (IoT) enables more connected healthcare devices, ensuring quick, easy and secure access to authorized users (whether patients or providers) is a priority.