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By Beth Bacheldor

HID Global's NFC Tag Pilot Demonstrates "Proof of Presence" for Home Care

HID Global has announced the results of an ongoing pilot deployment designed to test its HID Trusted Tag Services and Near Field Communication (NFC) high-frequency (HF) passive RFID tags, known as the HID Trusted Tags, which are tamper-proof and feature unique security and privacy attributes. The pilot, being conducted with Integrity Home Care, a provider of home-based care services, is designed to test HID Trusted Tag Services' ability to provide real-time authentication of caregiver visits via smartphones. According to HID Global, the pilot illustrates that NFC technology and HID Trusted Tag Services, in particular, are effective mechanisms for location authentication, which is the critical first step in maintaining compliant documentation of patient encounters. Partnering in the pilot program is Dial-N-Document, which provides software for verifying caregiver visits and documenting employee activities.

For the pilot, Integrity Home Care's case managers affixed HID Trusted Tags to light switches within 15 patients' homes, and five caregivers were issued NFC-enabled smartphones. Upon arrival at a patient's home, a participating caregiver taps the phone to create a secure connection for authentication. If the tag is authenticated, the Dial-N-Document system captures its ID number and transmits that information directly to Integrity's billing payroll and scheduling software, thereby providing "proof of presence" and an auditable Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) record of the caregiver having visited that home. The preliminary results of the pilot to date have yielded a 100 percent authentication accuracy rate, according to HID Global, and have demonstrated that the use of HID Trusted Tag Services increased caregiver productivity by eliminating up to 30 seconds from each check-in.

The company reports that its Trusted Tag Services, when integrated with a documentation platform like Dial-N-Document, complies with the EVV requirements for home health agencies enacted by several states as a condition of Medicaid participation in response to rampant billing fraud. In addition to providing an indisputable and auditable EVV record for agencies to use for billing and reimbursement, the company says, HID Trusted Tag Services integrates seamlessly into most clinical and administrative management software systems for real-time data transmissions that enable faster and more accurate claims processing and advanced analytics.

The pilot is still ongoing, according to Mark Robinton, the manager of technology innovation for HID's strategic innovation team. "We're continuing to test additional tag form factors and user experiences to make it commercial ready," he states. "We're making some adjustments with Dial-N-Document as we go, but the plan is for them to use it in a production setting early 2015."

HID Global first unveiled its HID Trusted Tag in 2013 (see HID Global Offers Security for NFC and HID Trusted Tag Offers Secure NFC Connection Without App). The tag works with HID Global's Trusted Tag Services that include back-end software and servers. The back-end systems authenticate each tag read before sharing data with an individual's smartphone or other NFC reading device. Only HID Global's Trusted Tag, with its own chip and firmware, can operate with the Trusted Tag Services. The tag's internal software employs HID's Seos technology, which has the ability to generate a one-time password amounting to a specific version of a URL that will not be used more than once for that tag. That URL must then be verified during each read event, by the Trusted Tag Services software running on HID Global's cloud-based server, before it can transmit data to an NFC reading device.

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