There are a host of factors that can cause patient misidentification. When you look at the studies of patient error, roughly 10% of them are human errors.
Patients that have been incorrectly identified can be prescribed the wrong medication, given the wrong treatment, or even subjected to a wrong-site surgery or procedure meant for someone else.
Nearly 91% of survey respondents agree that medical errors could be reduced if more healthcare facilities were to adopt biometrics. Imprivata's Biometric Patient Identity is a touchless patient identification system, sold and implemented by Forward Advantage, that uses advanced biometrics for secure and efficient identification at registration and other points of care.