Health centers in Palamu set to introduce biometric attendance systems

February 22, 2013 - 

Biometric attendance systems are set to be installed at health centers in the Palamu division in Jharkhand, India, as absenteeism and lateness are major issues hospitals say they face daily.

Deputy Commissioner Palamu Pooja Singhal said the advisory council of the state governor has also looked for solutions to address absenteeism among doctors.

Citing anonymous sources, a Times of India report indicates there is one particular deputy superintendent at the only government hospital in Palamu who doesn’t pick up his phone — even during work hours — as he remains busy in his private clinic.

Reported previously, NMC healthcare, an integrated healthcare company in Abu Dhabi has opted for a biometric workforce management system. The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences will also introduce a biometric time clock to track attendance.

Workforce management systems, like those being installed at Palamu hospitals are being introduced widely. These systems are often met with resistance, and in some cases, these systems have proven themselves to be vulnerable to spoofing or buddy-punching.

Reported previously in, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has announced plans to create an electronic database of all hotel staff and personnel along with Orbit Tech, in a bid to curb criminal activities taking place in the country’s hospitality industry.

This decision has angered many of the hotel workers, and the National Union of Hotels and Personnel Services Workers, though hotel owners recently came out to back the NTDC’s decision.

In India, teachers have threatened to strike against a proposed biometric workforce management system for government schools in Andhra Pradesh.

Employees at the South Delhi Municipal Corporation have found a way to dupe biometric attendance machines to records their absence, while away from work. Similarly, the Luzerne County controller in Pennsylvania has alleged a similar flaw with a Kronos workforce management system being used in government offices.


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