NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New technology is helping hospitals get information about their patients without a single piece of paper.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman In Manhattan

Large stacks of paperwork and copies of your insurance card used to be what patients could expect when being admitted to the hospital. But now, all that information is right in the palm of your hand.

“It captures the vein pattern,” said NYU Langone Medical Center vice president Kathryn McClellan about the new machine. “We can immediately find you record. We don’t have to look up your social security number. We don’t have to put in your entrance information.”

She says Langone is the first hospital of the northeastern United States to use the new palm scanners. “It’s been used extensively in Japan for ATMs,” she told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

The hospital looked at various ways to cut down on mistakes and medical identity theft.

“Fingerprints have a negative connotation in the world. So most people don’t like having their fingerprints taken,” she said, adding the palm scan is more accurate. “It’s fairly new, but I have to tell you, it’s catching on very quickly.”

The hospital says it only takes about a minute for a patient to be initially entered into the system while the scan itself only takes a few seconds.

What do you think of this new technology? Sound off below in our comments section…

Comments (23)
  1. Bob Fowler says:

    Has anyone seen Rodin today? This topic is right up his alley.

  2. Bob Fowler says:

    This is tee ball:
    And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark Rev 13:17

    None of this was foretold. The Bible is nothing more than a storybook. Lucky guess on this one. A guy living in the desert, 2000 years ago, eating locust and honey for sustenance, who believes in flying carpenters in the sky predicted this?

    I can’t wait to see the ignorance posted about this.

  3. Dawn says:

    Sign of the beast in the book of revelations terrible

  4. HPS says:

    Let’s see we have a government trying to convince us we are ALL alike .. should weigh the same, think the same, eat the same, etc.. and all these electronic’s that keep proving NONE of us are alike.. from our Iris’s to our faces to our DNA.. somewhere someone should point this fact out to the GOVERNMENT..

  5. Nick 1975 says:

    No Insurance = No admittance unless you can put up $100,000 in cash… Even if you have an emergency now, no insurance no admittance even in city hospitals

  6. b says:

    Biometric identification is nothing new. Fingerprints and photos are all part of it. I am more concerned about cell phone tracking.
    Palm vein scanners have been around for a number of years. Fujitsu PalmSecure is one product. This technology is especially good for identifying and keeping track of children is nurseries and preschools. It is much easier to use than fingerprint scanners when dealing with young children. It is also good for identifying parents or guardians wanting access to the children.
    When used in a private organization, the stored palm vein scan is not suitable for law enforcement or government identification but rather for secure encrypted identification and access control.The stored scan is private.
    The palm vein scan would have to be renewed over a period of years because a persons hand does change with age.
    This is a good technology. There are much scarier ones that do violate privacy in ways you are not even aware of.

  7. Jon Pulsipher says:

    This is not a new thing. I know the inventors of this technology. See this 1998 patent:

  8. Jack Murphy says:

    Just check this out that’s all:

  9. kentex1146 says:

    We can expect that Chertoff (AKA former gestapo head) has a big financial stake in this company. Amazing how a government hack slips right into a key financial position with companies that market security products to the government and other institutions.


    ________N O_________

  11. Bernard says:

    It only goes to show how “individual” we are from each other. As for using it in the US. It worked in Japan where it was used extensionally, then it has passed the test and should be used here. Keeping in mind that what man creates is inherently flawed”. Only God creates perfection. so expect some bizarre ways people come up to use this technology for criminal purposes.

  12. Hank Warren says:

    Endless ways for the gov’t to track us, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. Ralph says:

      What banned book can have a working “for sale” link? By definition, you sir, are a fabricator extraordinaire!

    2. Bob Fowler says:

      Hank, why are we impeaching Obama? Which of your points did he violate? You really need to turn off the talking heads, and think for yourself. Why do you want Ron Paul for President? What will he accomplish so long as politics and money rules Congress?

      Think boy. Until we eliminate the life long politicians, stop giving life long benefits, stop allowing lobbyists, and stop using socialism to be the undercurrent by which we provide money for the corporations, it doesn’t matter who has the name President of the United States.

  13. Rob says:

    Exactly how are you supposed to deny the mark, Jon? There is no mark; there is no tattoo. It just reads the pattern of the veins in your palm, just like fingerprint scanners read your fingerprints, or facial recognition programs read your facial features. Are you trying to tell me your face is a mark of the beast? If anybody fears this kind of technology they need to just pack it all in and move themselves to an Amish commune. Oh wait, they’ll mark you by making you grow a funny beard. Damn, the devil is just everywhere, isn’t he?

  14. dan says:

    What happens if you have to go to the hospital because your hand got cut off?

    1. Tommy says:

      Take your hand with you

  15. Stan C says:

    Very Orwellian.

  16. jon says:

    i agree with Jae, since its the 1st of many to come. by the time you know if it will be everywhere. Deny the mark and you shall be saved

  17. ewww says:

    y would anyone touch a hospital surface on purpose???

    1. kyah says:

      I know I wouldn’t and I’ve worked in 2.

  18. Jae says:

    Mark of the Beast reader!!!!

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