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Faster, Stronger Healthcare Authentication With RFID

RFID for More Secure Patients and Healthcare Providers

Single sign-on (SSO) in healthcare is more than a trend — it’s becoming the standard. Forward-thinking healthcare organizations are using SSO in a variety of applications, most often leveraging their hospital-issued photo ID badge as their single access credential. Healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses and other staff simply tap their badge to a contactless reader, and they’re in the system. But ease of use is only one reason that RFID-powered SSO is so popular in healthcare. It also enables:

Fast, Efficient Care

Standard login processes often have many steps. While extra-strong security is important, it doesn’t have to be a burden. An RFID-enabled ID doesn’t require providers to remember complicated passwords or carry multiple credentials; it’s one ID that accesses many systems, from the front door to patient records. If needed, organizations can require a second credential for multi-factor authentication (MFA) in highly secure areas.

SSO via RFID authentication also improves IT efficiency. IT teams spend an inordinate amount of time retrieving and resetting passwords, especially when they have to be changed often.

Better Security for Sensitive Data

RFID readers can be set up to sense when a logged-in staff member moves away from a workstation and automatically signs them out. This prevents another person from jumping onto the station and accessing the multitudes of confidential information stored there.

These RFID-enabled credentials also provide proof-of-presence, giving administrators insight into security events with an indisputable audit trail. This transparency means less duplicity — who did what, where and when is immediately apparent, so sensitive information remains secure. The same credential used to access workstations can also be used for secure print, preventing confidential information from sitting on the printer and potentially falling into the wrong hands.

Coordinated Care

RFID cards power a connected data system, encouraging the use of electronic records available for every authorized user, wherever they may be. Providers have 24/7 access to patient data from all sources, including primary care doctors, medical devices and even pharmacies. This up-to-date patient information helps inform clinical decisions and provides a holistic picture of patient’s conditions and needs.

SSO with RFID is creating safer, more efficient hospitals with more secure patients and staff. Learn more about the benefits of RFID in healthcare.