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Biometric Patient Identification Projects Help Improve Patient Safety

Maria Garcia was causing trouble in Texas. Not the person—the name. The Harris Health System in the United States' Harris County had 2,833 Maria Garcias in its system, 528 of whom shared a birthday. It's not an isolated problem—matching patients to their actual records is growing more difficult for healthcare providers. And the consequences can be deadly: A patient may be administered the wrong medicine or even the wrong surgery.
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