Sharp Healthcare is implementing palm recognition software to verify patient identity as they check in for appointments or are admitted to the hospital.

The technology will better ensure proper identification of patients, matching them to their own personal medical records and protecting against identity theft, says Dan Gross, executive vice president for hospital operations at the San Diego-based delivery system.

Sharp is using the PatientSecure technology of HT Systems, Tampa, Fla. Palm scanners have been put in the Sharp Reese-Stealy medical office in downtown San Diego. Other offices and Sharp's eight hospitals will get the system during a nine-week period.

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