This module highlights considerations to implementing biometrics in healthcare and public health programs to support identity management. The document describes key concepts and implementation experiences from community members and other stakeholders. It is intended for program implementers, health IT systems managers, developers, and those working with person level data. If you are in the planning, preparation, or execution phase of using biometrics for healthcare and public health program identity management, this module is intended to help provide you with resources and practices that the Data Use Community, OpenHIE Community, and subject matter experts have shared.
At the end of this module, readers should be able to:
Understand biometric technologies and its application in identity matching, including key concepts such as biometric authentication and biometric modalities.
Describe how biometrics has the potential to improve the accuracy, and efficiency of identity matching.
Identify the limitations and risks of biometric technologies, including privacy and security concerns, accuracy issues, and legal and ethical considerations.
Understand the steps involved in implementing a biometric system in a healthcare and public health setting.
Describe the current trends and future developments in biometrics and their potential impact on healthcare and public health operations.