Advances in biometric technology could expand healthcare coverage in Africa

Advances in biometric technology are on the horizon which could be critical to the delivery of health services to many Africans, an informational session dedicated to healthcare at last month’s ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia heard from a panel of experts. Advances in fingerprinting which allow enrollment of children and even infants, biometrics capabilities in mobile devices, and open database systems are needed for a greater range of health services to be delivered to a greater number of people. ID4Africa’s

CHIME names finalists for $1M national patient ID technology contest

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ has named four finalists in its $1 million National Patient ID Challenge, aimed at developing a solution that ensures 100 percent accuracy of patient’s health data to reduce preventable medical errors, according to a report by Health Data Management. Correctly identifying patients continues to be a top challenge for healthcare organizations, with cases of misidentification negatively affecting patient care. “The time is now to solve this problem,” said Liz Johnson, chair of CHIME’s

Evolving partnerships drive South Africa’s digital identity program

South Africa took a major step toward the use of digital identity to secure the delivery of a variety of government services in 2013, with the introduction of a national smart ID card embedded with fingerprint data. Today the system is progressing toward being used for driver’s licenses, voter registration, and all other social services, Director General of the Department of Home Affairs for South Africa, Mkuseli Apleni, told an audience at ID4Africa 2017 last month. However, it faces an

New report on healthcare biometrics released

Biometrics will continue to drive technological transformation within the global healthcare market, according to a new report published by the Biometrics Research Group Inc., the publisher of BiometricUpdate.com. Transformation, according to the report, will be driven by biometric solutions that will provide meaningful cost savings through fraud reduction and increased workplace efficiency. A key objective of these technologies also will be the improvement and expansion of care delivery over the long term. The research firm projects that the entire global

NIH study proves effectiveness of facial recognition medication adherence tool

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a new study that proves the effectiveness of AiCure‘s medication adherence solution, which uses a form of artificial intelligence (AI) for facial recognition to confirm that patients have taken the correct medication, according to a report by Med City News. The findings, which were published in the medical journal Stroke, were based on a 12-week randomized controlled trial that measured the tool’s effect on adherence rates for diabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban and warfarin

FBI researchers match CT scan data with patient photos

According to a study conducted by researchers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), facial images obtained from publicly available radiology scans are able to be matched to patients’ photos, raising privacy concerns, according to a report by Health Imaging. Connie Parks, MA, and Keith Monson, PhD, of the FBI’s counterterrorism and forensic science research unit, were able to easily match patients’ photos with facial images taken from publicly available radiology scans, such as head CT scans stored in open-access

Biometric authentication prevents dual enrollment in clinical trials

Research Centers of America (RCA) has implemented Verified Clinical Trials biometric fingerprint technology to identify participants that are currently enrolled in other clinical studies. Verified Clinical Trials research subject database registry prevents duplicate enrollment in clinical trials using a fingerprint registration system to identify participants that are currently enrolled in other clinical studies. Verified Clinical Trials is the only clinical research database registry designed specifically to enhance the quality of both early and late phase trials and has the scalability

Wipro, NextGate to build eMPI solution for NHS Scotland

Wipro Limited has been awarded a 12-year contract from National Health Board (NHS) Scotland to develop an enterprise master patient index (eMPI) solution. The solution, which will be hosted in Scotland, will enable the healthcare organization to shift from its current legacy community health index system (CHI) to offer cost effective, efficient, paperless and patient-friendly healthcare services throughout the country. “We are pleased to be working with Wipro, a leading global information technology company and NextGate, the leader in healthcare

Fingerprint authentication used to prevent dual enrollment in clinical trials

Celerion has implemented Verified Clinical Trials (VCT) biometric fingerprint technology to identify participants that are currently enrolled in other clinical studies. VCT’s biometric fingerprint technology will augment the accuracy and speed of the verifications performed at Celerion facilities utilizing the VCT global clinical database registry. “Our focus has always been to help our clients get their drugs to market and protect the safety and well-being of our participants. The VCT database registry enhances our ability to achieve both of those

Biometric identification solution helps support national school meal program in Chile

NEC Corporation revealed that NEC Chile successfully trialed a biometric identification solution using fingerprint recognition technologies for the school meal program administered by Chile’s National Board of Aid and Scholarships (JUNAEB). The pilot project took place last November and December throughout 30 schools, incorporating 30,000 students across the cities of Santiago, Rancagua and Concepcion. JUNAEB is a public institution that was created in 1964 in order to ensure that children have access the necessary resources for succeeding in the education