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Hitachi Europe and MIG Int. launch mobile Wi-Fi finger vein scanners for Turkish hospitals


Hitachi Europe and MIG Int. announced the launch of mobile Wi-Fi scanners, which use finger vein authentication technology to analyze the pattern of the vein inside an individual’s finger to securely identify patients at the point of care.

Using Hitachi’s finger vein authentication technology as its foundation, the ‘BIOMIG’ devices are slowly being implemented at private hospitals, hospital groups and dialysis centres, as well as the Memorial Healthcare Group, throughout Turkey.

As reported in Digital Journal the past couple of years have seen an increase in the use of biometric technology in Turkey, following the Social Security Institution of Turkey’s decision in 2012 to implement a new system to effectively manage healthcare services.

Healthcare institutions have since implemented biometric identification for patients in an effort to cut down on the abuse and inefficiencies in the existing healthcare payments system, as well as to ensure an accurate distribution of services.

The biometric solution allows the Turkish government to more effectively manage reimbursements to service providers under the nation’s universal health insurance system, and with this latest functionality, hospitals will able to provide seamless mobile identification for the patient at the point of care.

“MIG has been implementing one of the biggest biometrics projects in Turkey and Europe and has translated its experience in reliability and ergonomics to the healthcare industry by way of its BIOMIG device,” said Erman Akgun, country manager for Turkey at Hitachi Europe.

The announcement follows Hitachi Europe’s recent contract with ITCARD, where it is providing a line of ATMs with finger vein readers at 1730 Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold ATMs throughout Poland, as previously reported by BiometricUpdate.com.

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