November 26, 2012 -
The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) will introduce a biometric workforce management system to track the attendance of its over 4,500 employees, as attendance remains an issue.
Referring to sources inside the hospital, Dawn.com reports that PIMS employees will have to use a thumbprint scanner when entering and leaving the premises.
The recurring issue of employee attendance, particularly considering heads of departments, senior physicians and medical and house officers was also reported to the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development.
Currently, the hospital uses attendance sheets and a manual sign-in process to keep track of hours and attendance.
A PIMS official suggests that this issue is widespread across the entire organization, and senior physicians don’t even bother to sign in or register to show their presence at the hospital.
“The biometrics system would be installed in the hospital within a few weeks,” Riaz Warraich, executive director of PIMS said, suggesting all complaints relating to doctors’ skipping their duties and absenteeism would be resolved with the introduction of the new biometric workforce management system.
“These [biometric] machines will be installed at different points in the hospital building for recording the attendance of all the medical and paramedical staff,” Warraich said.
Biometric systems are increasingly being used in hospitals to track patient records, but also to monitor the attendance of employees, as is the case with PIMS and many other workplaces today.
As previously reported in BiometricUpdate.com, the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in North Carolina has adopted the M2SYS RightPatient multi-biometric patient identification system for patient records. Likewise, the state of Michigan will soon implement PatientSecure, a biometrics-based solution to streamline its patient care record system.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India has decided to use a biometric fingerprint attendance system to track the attendance of its healthcare workers. Similarly, a law firm in Toronto has also decided to use a fingerprint identification system to track the attendance of its employees