Precise Biometrics’ Tactivo readers have been approved for use with Pascal, a medical prescription tool used in Sweden’s healthcare system. Swedish healthcare professionals will now be able to use their SITHS-cards to log in to the system through their iPhones and iPads.
The company’s Tactivo readers are essentially casings for iPhones and iPads that can read smart cards to allow authorized individuals to access their organizations’ IT services through their mobile devices. They’re meant as a security enhancement above the spoof-able fingerprint-scanning TouchID system embedded in all new Apple mobile devices; recently they were approved for use with the iPad Mini, and iPad Air certification is pending. In a corporate world increasingly embracing BYOD culture and policies, emerging security vulnerabilities are compelling many organizations to adopt the kind of extra security offered by Precise Biometrics’ Tactivo readers.
The same is true in the healthcare sector, of course. Hospitals are increasingly looking to digital and mobile solutions to help both cut costs and improve the administering of care both inside and outside of the hospital environment. That’s certainly the case with Sweden’s Pascal system; in a statement, a Kungsbacka municipal system administrator Lise-Lotte Carlsson said, “We have been waiting a long time to use Pascal on mobile devices in a secure fashion,” adding that Tactivo has allowed healthcare workers “to be more effective in their work with the patients” and to “increase our presence with the patients not having to return to the office to update patient files on medication.” It’s a win for Sweden’s healthcare workers and Precise Biometrics alike.