Japan’s Hospital for Charged Particle Therapy at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) has installed a new security system for its medical records. Anyone who dares to penetrate into charged particle therapy grounds of the hospital and gains access into the bowels of the still classified medical facility, will be greeted by PalmSecure™ biometric palm vein authentication system from Fujitsu:
To log into operating electronic medical record system, the user inserts an integrated circuit (IC) smartcard in which the user’s pre-registered palm vein pattern data has been registered, and holds his or her hand over the palm vein authentication sensor. The palm vein pattern obtained from the palm vein authentication sensor is then compared with the data read from the smartcard: if the patterns match, the user is granted access to the electronic medical record system. Compared with the conventional ID and password input systems, this convenient and user-friendly yet secure log-on procedure restricts unauthorized access, reinforcing the security that protects the hospital’s confidential data.