"The goal is to get rid of those forms we all dislike to fill out when we get to the doctor's office, thereby speeding up the process, making it more convenient for the patient and increasing data accuracy," says Steve McRae, CEO of PatientID+ partner Merchant360.
NFC specialist Merchant360 has teamed up with medical systems suppliers Health Portal Solutions/TPA Benefits and The CliniCard to develop PatientID+, an NFC-based solution that is designed to streamline patient identification and payment processing.
PatientID+ uses NFC technology to allow healthcare providers to verify identity, check health care eligibility and process payments when a patient first arrives at a hospital, doctor's surgery or other health care provider. Each patient's identity, benefit and payment information is stored on a PatientID+ contactless tag or in their NFC phone. The patient then simply enters a PIN to access and transmit the information to the health care provider on arrival.
"The goal is to get rid of those forms we all dislike to fill out when we get to the doctor's office, thereby speeding up the process, making it more convenient for the patient and increasing data accuracy," says Merchant360's Steve McRae. "Having one solution that can act as my insurance card, my identity across multiple systems, and payment card is bound to cut costs and improve service."
"Our clients are always looking for ways to improve patient care as well as ways to improve business processes," says Jamey Burkholder, CEO at Health Portal Solutions. "Additionally, today's healthcare regulatory demands are pushing for everyone to electronically store and exchange healthcare data. The PatientID+ card will support our efforts in satisfying these demands, and provide a complementary solution to our portal technology for reducing time spent on administrative tasks, cut customer service call volume, and tighten efficiencies overall."
"There is deeply entrenched but seriously flawed and inefficient payment industry standing in the way of a single integrated authentication, adjudication and payment solution for healthcare claims," said Doug Broeska, president of The CliniCard. "We'll start off with a card, but we are really impartial as to how the system is accessed and the payment is made. The entry interface could be a card, a contactless tag or an application on an NFC cellphone device."