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Idea Digital cards and biometrics for accessing medical record data

By Patrick Jouissance | 08 Dec, 2014

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.

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Jordan Harmon Advisor Replied at 4:36 PM, 12 Dec 2014

Hi Patrick- good to hear your idea. I think that medical record archives are a very large challenge even for many systems here in the U.S. because of the requirements to keep records, the record being on paper, and storage limitations. My initial reaction is that all health records will be moving to a digital format regardless of the area of the world and we need to make it easier for those records to be viewed all around the world. Have you given any further thought to biometric scanning to access digitally stored records? I would be interested in hearing your ideas around how to accomplish this in other areas where digital technology is not as present (tablets, phones, etc.).

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