Biometrics in the New York Times

I am investigating the use of biometrics for both clinician login and patient verification as part of my EMR-related Master’s project, so it was interesting to see this cautionary article in the New York Times.

When a Palm Reader Knows More Than Your Life Line

As design students, we are trained to recognize problems in our designs and address them rather than let them deter us from our end goal. So I do not want to dismiss the concerns expressed in the article, but better definition of the specific risks involved would be needed before they could be mitigated.

Unfortunately, comments are not enabled for that article, so such discussion is not possible there. I welcome any civil arguments, pro or con, to be shared here.

John Hersey, The New York Times, 11/10/12


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