July 12, 2017 -
Syscom Corporation Ltd, a subsidiary of OT-Morpho, has partnered with social health nonprofit organization Khushi Baby Inc. to provide a fully decentralized biometric wearable and digital health platform to monitor and respond to the health of pregnant mothers and newborn infants in rural India.
In a world-first, the project is deployed in over 300 villages with the District Health Society of Udaipur in Rajasthan.
The platform includes a digital health record worn as a necklace by pregnant women and babies and a mobile application for community health workers to transmit information to the necklace through NFC at the point of service.
The Khushi Baby solution allows the patient to attend any camp with any health worker and have their record read, regardless of connectivity, while serving as auditable proof that healthcare reached the beneficiary.
When community health workers return from the field to areas with cellular coverage, data is securely synced to a dashboard for health officials.
As a result, they will be able to respond in real-time to health worker attendance, performance and data quality, supply side shortages at the point of care, and high risk pregnancies and infancies.
“Our goal is to build appropriate technology to reach every mother and child to ensure their health care is properly tracked,” explained Ruchit Nagar, CEO of Khushi Baby. “No mother or child, especially those most underserved, should be denied informed care due to an inability to access their medical history. We are proud to be associated with OT-Morpho in order to ensure robustness and security of the records by integration of biometrics and specialized hardware solutions.”
The solution incorporates the use of OT-Morpho’s secure tablet, MorphoTablet, adding biometric security to protect personal health information.
By combining the NFC, biometrics and security features of the MorphoTablet, the Khushi Baby platform can authenticate individual ownership of their health record and take patient consent before making any updates. The entire process is conducted offline and independent of the specific tablet used.
In the first two months of launch, the Khushi Baby platform has completed 3,000 registrations and tracked over 20,000 immunizations for infants.
“We are very pleased to bring our expertise in the field of biometrics to contribute to this social innovation program led by Khushi Baby,” said Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, OT-Morpho, executive vice president of government identity solutions division at Morpho. “This project shows us how biometrics and technology can be powerful tools to improve access to essential care for isolated populations.”
According to a recent report published by Biometrics Research Group Inc., biometrics will continue to drive technological transformation within the global healthcare market.