BayCare Health System, Tampa bay’s largest hospital group, is the first health care system in the state of Florida and the second in the country to use biometric palm scanning technology to register patients. When a patient places her hand on a little black box on the registration desk, a tiny built-in camera beams infrared light into her palm. The camera scans an image of the veins inside the patient’s palm — a signature that is supposed to be as unique as a fingerprint — and a computer records it in digital code.
USP 797 is a regulation that governs any pharmacy that compounds sterile preparations including centralized and satellite hospital-based pharmacies, outpatient pharmacies, and off-site pharmacies. USP 797 is designed to cut down on infections transmitted to patients through pharmaceutical products and to better protect staff working in pharmacies in the course of their exposure to pharmaceuticals. Issued by U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), USP 797 has been endorsed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) who expects that organization will be in full compliance by January 2008.