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Biometric medical records? This Georgia hospital is getting them

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Patients at a South Georgia hospital will soon have their personal medical information at their fingertips.

Tift Regional Health System will install a new finger-scan identification system in its registration areas next week.

They partnered with CrossChx, a healthcare intelligence solutions company.

The biometric technology uses points on the finger tip to create a unique code that links patients to their medical information, so nobody else can use it.

"If a patient comes into the ER, let's say from a wreck, and they're unresponsive, or they aren't able to tell us who they are, we can take their finger tip and put it on the scanner. We can know exactly who they are, pull up their medical record and their contact information."

Employees hope this technology will prevent medical identity theft.

It will be installed at the west campus this Tuesday.

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