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Future Of Unique Patient Identifiers

  • August 05, 2016|
  • 2 years ago

by Laura Hautala


Article excerpt

Use your eyes, voice—and thoughts—to replace passwords

Though it will take some time before passthoughts make their way out of the research lab, Chuang’s work does point to the more immediate future when your computer, phone and tablet will know you by the contours of your body. That includes the pores in your skin, the sound of your voice, the folds of your ear and the symmetry of your face.

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When Computers Can Read Our Minds

Healthcare and other industries are on a mission to discover a reliable method of verifying the identity of individuals who may be receiving medical services, buying products, banking or performing a variety of other activities where the accuracy of personal identity is paramount. Passwords have proven to be woefully fallible. Newer options, like biometrics, are showing some promise, but still have some flaws. Could mindreading be the answer?

It may seem like something from the script of a futuristic science fiction movie, but the solution to data security may lie in the ability of computers to read our minds according to research being done at UC Berkeley. Mathematics supports the basis for this researcher’s work. As the author of this piece learned: “only you think your thoughts the way you do.” It may be a complicated course getting there, but the result of implementing unique patient identifiers will transform the healthcare industry.