ABC News
July 19, 2011

Palms have taken on a new meaning at some doctors’ offices and hospitals. More unique than fingerprints, palm readings are helping keep patients straight and safe.

It’s palm reading, indeed, but not the fortune teller kind. More than 8,000 patients at the NYU Langone Medical Center have already had their palms read as part of their medical visits. The goal is to have every single patient at the hospital and in their doctor’s waiting room be “palmed.” It’s one of the way technology is coming into the medical environment.

When patient Michael Baldwin visits his doctor at the medical center, check in is a breeze. All he needs is his palm, as he’s one of the first patients to take part in the new program. It is called.

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