Friday, February 17, 2006

Health Care Firm to Sign with PBT

Pay by Touch to Sign Deal with Major Health Care Organization

San Francisco-based Pay By Touch expects to announce a deal within two months with a large health care organization whose employees would be able to pay for cafeteria meals and parking with a touch of a finger to a scanner, Steven Yecies, senior vice president and general manager of Pay By Touch Healthcare Services, tells CardLine.

He would not name the organization but says it has more than 10,000 employees. Yecies says Pay By Touch, a voluntary program that allows consumers to tie their finger images to pre-registered payment cards and checking accounts for easy payment at checkout, is well suited for medical personnel who wear medical garb and may not carry wallets.

He says he expects that 10% to 20% of a company's employees would choose to sign up for the biometric-authentication program, about the same response Pay By Touch sees in its installations at supermarkets and other retail locations. Yecies, who joined Pay By Touch recently after 20 years in health care, says Pay By Touch also is negotiating with a variety of companies that provide services to health care organizations to more broadly deploy biometric authentication for consumer payments in doctor's offices and other medical settings.

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