When combined with a smart card-based ID, the use of fingerprint readers significantly strengthens healthcare security because it proves that someone is who they claim to be. For individuals, it protects privacy by helping to control who can access their sensitive information, and also helps prevent medical identity theft and fraud, which costs Americans more than $60 billion each year according to industry estimates. Healthcare providers and payers benefit from lower fraud rates, faster administrative and billing processes, and lower risks of healthcare data breaches.
A bi-partisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have introduced a bill calling for a smart card-based Medicare ID. Many countries around the world, including France and Germany, already use smart healthcare cards.