Thank you for choosing St. Anthony's to meet your health care needs. To make your stay with us as pleasant as possible, we'd like to take this opportunity to briefly explain our admission and billing processes.
Unless you are admitted through the Emergency Department, your physician, who is a member of our medical staff, will have pre-arranged your admission. When you arrive to the hospital an admitting registrar will obtain your demographic and insurance information. This information is for your protection and billing purposes. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.
Before treatment can begin, each patient or next-of-kin must sign an appropriate consent form for special diagnostic tests medical and/or surgical procedures. Parents or legal guardians must sign for minors.
You can also read more about what to bring with you when being admitted to St. Anthony's.
Patient Secure Identity
Security In the Palm Of Your Hand
BayCare is proud to introduce a new way to register at our facilities using biometric technology. This cutting-edge system scans the unique vein patterns on a person's hand and uses that image to greatly streamline the patient identification process.
How It Works
Called Patient Secure Identity, the system uses near infrared light to map an image of the vein pattern in a person's palm. The digital image is then converted into a number that correlates with the patient's medical record.
Upon registration, patients place their right palm into a scanning device which scans the hand to capture an image of the blood flowing through the veins. The hand rests palm-side down just above the scanner with the veins appearing as a unique black pattern on a light background. Then, the image is scanned, converted into a number and registered into our system. From that point forward, the patient can be identified by his or her unique vein pattern, minimizing the need to present other identifying information, such as a driver's license and Social Security number, each time they register at one of our hospitals.
There is no cost to patients enrolling with Patient Secure Identity. Patients who choose not to participate will be registered using the current method at each visit by providing name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other information.
Why Palm Veins?
The vein pattern on a hand is unique to each person. In fact, vein patterns can be 100 times more distinctive than fingerprints. In addition, once a patient is registered, his or her identity can be verified with a painless, hassle-free scan that takes only a few moments. Banks in Japan use palm identification for ATMs instead of personal identification (PIN) numbers.
Patient Secure Identity can benefit patients in several ways, such as:
- Improved speed for patient registration
- Minimizes the amount of personal information communicated verbally or through forms during registration
- Improves accuracy of patient identification
- Helps prevent misuse of Social Security numbers and insurance cards
- Rapid identification in emergencies