FMC PROTECTS ITS PATIENTS BY IMPLEMENTING CROSSCHX SYSTEM
LANCASTER, Ohio (January 6, 2014) – Fairfield Medical Center is pleased to announce the launch of new, secure patient identification technology that will help prevent medical identity fraud, eliminate duplicate records and improve patient outcomes.
FMC has partnered with CrossChx, a leader in healthcare intelligence solutions that was founded with the support of the Ohio General Assembly and the Office of the Governor of Ohio. Starting Jan. 15, CrossChx will install their SafeChx system throughout FMC registration areas to help solve identity resolution issues. The system is simple to use, requires minimal training and has been universally accepted in other health systems.
By scanning the patient’s fingerprint, SafeChx instantly verifies a patient’s identity and links the patient to their medical benefits so no one else can use them. SafeChx will ensure that the right person receives the right care. While the system is not mandatory for patients, FMC will encourage all patients, ages five and above, to use the system to further protect their identities.
There are many long-term advantages of this new technology that can greatly benefit patients over time, such as quicker patient registration, easier access to patient medical records, decreased administrative burdens of duplicate or incorrect records, quick and accurate patient identification in emergency situations and much more.
“This new system is already being utilized in southeast Ohio by Holzer Health System, and they are having great success,” said Sky Gettys, interim CEO and chief financial officer. “We expect other health systems to follow soon in adopting this technology.”