Biometrics: helping the healthcare industry secure patients’ data

The healthcare industry is a critical sector that requires stringent security measures to safeguard sensitive patient information. Biometric authentication offers a secure and convenient way to ensure that only authorized individuals can access patient data. B-FY’s solution guarantees that user’s data is always under their control. Nobody else’s.

With the rise of digitization and the use of electronic health records, healthcare providers face new security challenges that require advanced authentication methods to protect against unauthorized access, fraud, and identity theft.

According to a recent report by IBM, the cost of a breach in the healthcare industry went up 42% since 2020. For the 12th year in a row, healthcare had the highest average data breach cost of any industry. The recent cyberattacks to Hospitals in Brussels and Barcelona –both occurred at the beginning of March 2023– are just an example.

Thus, healthcare providers face many security challenges that include insider threats, phishing attacks, malware, and ransomware. These threats not only compromise patient information but also endanger patients' lives, as cybercriminals can alter medical records or manipulate medical devices.

Biometric, a solution to truly identify users

Patient data includes everything from medical records to personal identifying information such as social security numbers and addresses. This data is often stored in electronic health records (EHRs) that can be accessed by multiple healthcare providers, making it critical that data is secured at every point of access.

In this context, the traditional methods of authentication, such as usernames and passwords, are no longer enough to protect against advanced security threats. Biometric identity authentication is a viable solution that can enhance security in the healthcare industry.

Biometric authentication uses unique biological characteristics such as fingerprints, facial recognition, and voice recognition to identify and authenticate users. Unlike traditional authentication methods, biometric authentication cannot be easily replicated, making it an ideal solution to mitigate identity theft and unauthorized access.

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Managing patients’ medical history

Patient medical history is critical information that must be always protected. Any breach of this data could have dire consequences for patients, healthcare providers, and institutions. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers still rely on outdated legacy systems that are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and hacking.

Managing patient medical history requires a comprehensive approach that ensures the data is protected from unauthorized access, breaches, and theft. This includes the implementation of advanced security protocols, such as biometric authentication, which provides a higher level of security and makes it more challenging for hackers to access patient data.

Another advantage of biometric authentication is that it can be seamlessly integrated into existing healthcare workflows. Many healthcare providers already use biometric authentication for activities such as prescribing medication or accessing secure areas. By expanding the use of biometric authentication to other areas of healthcare, providers can create a more secure and efficient system for accessing patient data.

B-FY, biometric authentication made simple and easy

As the healthcare industry continues to face new and evolving security challenges, biometric authentication will be an increasingly important tool for protecting patient data and preventing breaches.

Additionally, the negative impact of legacy security systems in healthcare cannot be overstated. According to a report by the Ponemon Institute found that legacy systems are the leading cause of data breaches, making it imperative for healthcare providers to update their security protocols.

B-FY's biometric authentication solution provides a secure and reliable alternative to legacy security systems. Our technology is designed to be user-friendly, making it easy for healthcare providers to authenticate users quickly and efficiently. This reduces the risk of data breaches while improving the overall security of patient data.

At B-FY, we understand the importance of securing patient medical history and have developed an easy and simple implementation process that ensures patient data is always kept secure.

Our biometric authentication technology is designed to make it easy for healthcare providers to secure patient data without disrupting their daily operations. The process is straightforward and can be easily integrated into existing systems, reducing the need for any major infrastructure changes.

How does B-FY’s solution work?

At B-FY, our top priority is safeguarding people's identity. That's why our system doesn't require passwords, which are vulnerable to theft or hacking, and we never store any of the user's biometric patterns.

B-FY is a cutting-edge biometric two-factor authentication solution that uses the most secure combination of elements available: something the person has (their smartphone) and something the person is (their biometrics). This solution is also omnichannel, which means it integrates physical identification with telematic identification for the first time, making it extremely user-friendly and frictionless.

When a company enlists our services, they need to integrate our code (currently QR) into each of the services they want to secure. Additionally, the company must integrate the B-FY library into their mobile app (employee app, customer service app, or both), which turns their app into an access key for all their services.

Once these steps are completed, individuals who need to be identified can easily register and become part of this new identification service. During registration, individuals only need to provide their email and phone number. B-FY will then send confirmation messages to both their email and mobile.

From that point forward, whenever an individual wants to access the company's services, they simply need to scan the dynamic B-FY code that appears in the service they want to access with the company's app. This will biometrically identify them with their phone. If the biometric identification is unsuccessful, access will be denied.

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