Carlinville Area Hospital is proud to announce our partnership with CrossChx, a leader in healthcare intelligence solutions that was founded with the support of the state of Ohio. On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, CrossChx will install their SafeChx system at Carlinville Area Hospital, offering patients advanced medical identity theft protection and efficient patient registration while improving health outcomes and reducing the risk of medical errors. The system is very simple to use, requires very minimal training and has been universally accepted in other health systems. “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with SafeChx so we can offer advanced patient registration technology to protect patients against medical identity theft and provide a more efficient patient registration process,” stated Ken Reid, President/CEO of Carlinville Area Hospital.
SafeChx uses biometric technology to scan a patient’s right index finger. By scanning the patients minutiae points on their right index finger, SafeChx is able to give each patient a unique code that links them to their medical benefits so no one else can use them. All patients will be asked to initially scan their right index finger five times in order to get their unique code, then any returning visit will only require a fast, one time scan to verify. Although voluntary, SafeChx will be offered and encouraged to all patients for use.
Nationwide, medical identity theft is on the rise, and it is estimated that Americans spend $40 billion annually on medical identity theft. On a personal level, it is possible for someone to find or steal your health insurance card and use it to get treatment, all while posing as you. SafeChx prevents that from happening because your medical identity will be instantly verified at check-in, not by a laminated paper health insurance card.
SafeChx will also help improve patient outcomes by ensuring that the right patient receives the right care every time they visit our facilities. It is common to see multiple patients with the same name and it would be possible, although unlikely, to pull the incorrect medical file because of the common name. This potential error cannot happen by using the SafeChx system because each patient will be identified and linked to his or her corresponding medical benefits; ensuring the right person receives the right care.
In two years, SafeChx has already protected over 7 million patient identities at other health care systems, with an overall patient acceptance rate of 97%. SafeChx offers many long-term advantages with their new technology that will continue to benefit health care systems in the future. SafeChx will allow registrars to provide quicker patient registration, easier doctor access to view patient medical records, decrease administrative burdens of duplicate or incorrect records, and will allow for quick and accurate patient identification in emergency situations. Both CrossChx and Carlinville Area Hospital are proud to announce this partnership and to offer patients advanced medical identity theft protection.