Idea submitted by: Patrick Jouissance
In many primary care facilities within developing countries, one of the greatest challenges that are being faced by the health care system is the reliability of the medical archives. Having readily access to medical records can be very problematic. This situation certainly has a deleterious impact on patient care and also on the level of confidence that these patients will have on the system.
More fortunate settings were able to develop digital cards for their population yet the level of success is variable. These cards can be easily lost, stolen and used by another individual.
At this point of time, in addition to digital cards, one can reasonably suggest the use of fingerprints as a way to access medical records.
In a universal access to health care scenario for developing countries, this mean will also serve as a way to help solve the issue of general identification of the populations within these geographical areas.