Iris modality provides non-contact hygienic personal identification and attendance through iris recognition. As evidenced by research, in most clinical research labs where hands and face are covered, an iris-based attendance system is the preferred method for identifying individuals.
Essentially, hygiene played a critical role in determining which biometric modality the hospitals/clinical research labs would use for patient and staff identification. As iris recognition does not require any physical contact with a biometric device, it presents one of the most hygienic options available. This way end users are kept safe from the spread of germs and illness that could otherwise be a risk when using a contact-dependent modality such as fingerprint or palm vein recognition. The fact that hospitals and labs continue to adopt iris recognition for identification due to its hygienic, non-contact features raises the question — why not investigating the adoption of non-contact biometric identification tools in schools and colleges as well?
In healthcare industry, patient safety is priority number one. Rising consciousness on new strategies to keep patients safe has pushed hospitals to re-assess hospital-acquired condition (HAC) control policies and implement new platforms and monitoring programs that provide a safer and more hygienic environment for patient care. In addition, new policies by Medicare now penalize hospitals with high HAC rates raising the level of urgency to adopt digital health tools that support hospital infection control policies .
In response to the need to increase patient safety, hospitals and healthcare organizations are quickly catching on the benefits of using biometrics for patient identification. Biometric hardware that requires physical contact with a patient can be interpreted as non-hygienic and raises the risk of HAC’s if the device is not properly sanitized after each use. Even when properly sanitized, these devices still pose a threat to patient safety since cleaning agents cannot completely remove germs and bacteria. Research also shows that using a non-contact iris camera helps in supporting hospital infection control policies and ensuring that no one is susceptible to germs or bacteria. If you want to read more about biometric attendance and various modalities, visit our “About” page.