rf IDEAS WAVE ID® Wins “Best Patient Data Security Solution” Designation in 2024 MedTech Breakthrough Awards Program


CHICAGO – May 9, 2024 – rf IDEAS, a globally recognized provider of WAVE ID® credential readers for authentication and logical access, announced today that WAVE ID has been selected as winner of the “Best Patient Data Security Solution” award in the 8th annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards program conducted by MedTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global digital health and medical technology market.

rf IDEAS WAVE ID readers were designed to safeguard patient data, optimize patient care time, and meet HIPAA-compliance requirements. The WAVE ID reader, which supports nearly every credential worldwide, helps secure protected health information and supports auditable compliance by authenticating clinicians with the use of their physical ID badge credentials.

WAVE ID secures facilities beyond the door by reading the largest range of preferred user credentials including smart cards, mobile credentials, and biometrics in form factors to suit every application, such as single sign-on (SSO), secure printing, medical device authentication, time and attendance, electronic prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS), visitor management, and more.

The technology is compatible with leading healthcare SSO providers and seamlessly integrates into the largest healthcare systems. The passwordless, tap-and-go functionality of WAVE ID makes it frictionless to implement and use for healthcare clinicians. Users simply tap their credential - typically a contactless proximity or smart card - on a WAVE ID reader. The devices can be placed on a desktop, mounted to a surface, attached to a notebook or tablet, or embedded within medical devices such as dialysis machines, radiology systems, carts and more.

“By authenticating clinicians with the use of their ID badge credentials, the WAVE ID reader helps healthcare organizations maximize security, meet compliance, and enable workforce efficiency — all with the tap of a credential,” said David Cottingham, President of rf IDEAS. “We take pride in the WAVE ID reader being a trusted authentication cybersecurity solution. This award from MedTech Breakthrough is another accolade that will propel us to further innovation and advancement in secure identity and access management.”

The mission of the MedTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Telehealth, Clinical Administration, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records (EHR), Virtual Care, Medical Devices, Medical Data & Privacy, and many more. This year’s program attracted thousands of nominations from over 18 different countries throughout the world.

“WAVE ID helps secure protected health information and supports auditable compliance, guarding against potentially devastating financial losses, regulatory penalties, and damaged reputation. Healthcare providers enter, on average, 70 passwords per day, but password theft can easily go undetected,” said Steve Johansson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough. “rf IDEAS’ industry-leading WAVE ID readers easily win our ‘Best Patient Data Security Solution’ award, and support the world’s leading physical and mobile credentials to enable a more secure, seamless and productive logical access user experience.”

To learn more about how WAVE ID enables secure authentication across the hospital visit our healthcare page.


About rf IDEAS 

rf IDEAS, Inc. stands as a vanguard in the arena of logical access solutions, serving diverse sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, government, education, and enterprise. The company's globally trusted WAVE ID readers come from robust alliances with leading identity and access management providers. These readers facilitate innovative solutions for single sign-on, secure printing, time and attendance, visitor management, and mobile authentication, and are compatible with nearly all physical and mobile credentials worldwide.


About MedTech Breakthrough 

Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the MedTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence and innovation in medical & health technology companies, products, services and people. The MedTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough healthcare and medical companies and products in categories that include Patient Experience & Engagement, Health & Fitness, Medical Devices, Clinical Administration, Connected Healthcare, Medical Data, Healthcare Cybersecurity and more. For more information visit MedTechBreakthrough.com. 


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