September 10, 2013

The most important part of the iPhone 5S for nursing is not the phone, its the Touch ID

Today Apple announced the iPhone 5S, the latest upgrade to their phone with an improved CPU and camera. For nurse educators the most important part of the announcement was the new addition of a fingerprint sensor, call Touch ID built into the home button. This is a remarkable advancement in biometric identification which can bring a new level of security to mobile devices and electronic medical records in hospitals.

The Touch ID system reads a fingerprint below the surface level, at any position, and with any finger. It learns the users fingerprint and improves with use. Anyone who has struggled getting the Pyxis thumb print sensor to work will appreciate this new advance.

Biometric identification, like that used in the Pyxis, is the ultimate in security of private data. The Touch ID makes access to records secure by eliminating passwords or PINs, which can be stolen or figured out. The extra benefit is that it speeds access to the device. In the Apple video the sensor immediately opens the phone. Imagine an EMR in the hospital that you can quickly touch to turn on. No passwords to change monthly or to be surreptitiously taken.

Nurses have access to very private data and the series of passwords and PINs to secure the data has been its biggest vulnerability. Today Apple has opened to the door to a new level of patient privacy protection.


Adam Calaghan said...

This is a great innovation, not just for patients but for the overall hospital industry.

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