Your HeartBeat Could Be Your New Password

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You unlock your device with your fingerprint right?
What if your heartbeat can unlock you medical files?


That’s just what researchers from SUNY Binghamton have proposed. Their idea involves using a skin sensor to measure a patient’s electrocardiograph (ECG) ,heart’s electrical activity. Since ECGs are commonly taken anyway and then stored in electronic medical records, Zhanpeng Jin, an assistant professor at the university, said that ECGs can do double duty and also serve as the key to unlocking those records.


“The ECG signal is one of the most important and common physiological parameters collected and analyzed to understand a patient's' health," Jin said, in a statement. "While ECG signals are collected for clinical diagnosis and transmitted through networks to electronic health records, we strategically reused the ECG signals for the data encryption.”

The method will help keep the records secure and private, Jin added.

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