Pearl of the Week: Make passwords and authentication easier

One password is enough

STEPS Forward Pearl of the Week

Physicians at some organizations still have to perform an extra identification step in the electronic health record when they approve a prescription—usually with password re-entry, a badge tap or biometric identification.

This can be turned off. No federal regulation requires two-factor authentication for signing off on a non-controlled substance. At a large health care organization, this single change can potentially save billions of clicks and keystrokes.

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