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Would You Trust a Hospital to Scan Your Fingerprint?
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Soon, it might become the norm to verify your identity at the hospital or clinic by scanning your fingerprint.

One California clinic, the Kern County Medical Center in Bakersfield, recently started experimenting with a biometric fingerprint reader, called SafeChx, to avoid mixing up patients with similar names, and potentially even crack down on fraud. It’s the first hospital in California to use the SafeChx system.

The SafeChx system, which is available for free, is now used by 178 hospitals around the country. Patients are asked to scan their finger so hospital administrators can view their personal information, including their history of hospital visits and medical record.