The new Sentara Patient Identification System is not finger printing, retinal scanning or DNA sampling. It’s much simpler.

Is that really you?

Hands

Let’s face it. We all like to think that we are unique, an individual like no other. But have you ever Googled yourself?

After that brief Google search, it’s easy to see why Sentara has implemented a new patient identification system. Using just your name is not an accurate way to identify who you are and to make sure that your medical information is connected to your electronic medical record.

The new Sentara Patient Identification System is not finger printing, retinal scanning or DNA sampling. It’s much simpler.

You ready?

Just place your palm on a small black box. That’s when harmless infrared waves (like those in a TV remote) scan the veins in your palm. Yep, it seems that unknown to me, and maybe you too, the veins in your palm (unlike your name) are unique to you! And yes, even if you are an identical twin, your palm scan is still individually yours.

Once you’ve completed the initial scan, (which takes a minute or two), the next time you check into a Sentara facility, you may be asked for your hand instead of your identification card. Extend your hand gladly as there are two big advantages for you:

  1. You want your registration information correctly and securely connected to your test results and medical information; and
  2. Your scan is not used in any other way than just to connect your information.