Biometric ID helps medical clinic


Finger picFulcrum Biometrics, a leading international provider, distributor and integrator of biometric systems and devices, has developed and deployed a customised patient identification solution for the New Tribes Mission Medical Clinic in Papua New Guinea. The system, which is based on Fulcrum’s FbF® Demographica biometric identification application and customised with the FbF® modular development framework, uses an M-Series multispectral fingerprint reader from Lumidigm. The unique imaging capabilities of Lumidigm’s biometric sensors allow the clinic to accurately identify people who come into the clinic for healthcare services even if their fingerprints are worn or damaged – a common characteristic of the demographic.

The New Tribes Mission (NTM) Medical Clinic serves a vital role in providing medical care and pharmacy services for several thousand local citizens as well as roughly a thousand missionaries and other expatriates living in Papua New Guinea.

Using the modular Fulcrum Biometric Framework (FbF®), Fulcrum was able to quickly customise the FbF Demographica biometric identification system to provide NTM with a fast, accurate and easy way to register patients in the clinic and ensure that each individual’s medical records are always associated with his or her proper identity. The application is browser-based and operates on a standard desktop PC running a Windows OS. The Lumidigm M-Series multispectral fingerprint reader is used for capturing and identifying fingerprints. Once a patient is enrolled in the system, on each subsequent visit to the clinic he or she can sign in by presenting four fingerprints to the scanner.

Advantages of the Lumidigm M-Series Fingerprint Sensors:

Because so many residents live and work in challenging physical conditions, their fingerprints can become damaged or worn over time. The Lumidigm device is particularly useful in scanning difficult-to-read fingerprints because it reads not only the surface print but also the subsurface print.

“The fingerprint scanner has been a tremendous help in identifying patients,” says Dr Kevin Ludwig, Chief Medical Officer for the New Tribes Mission Medical Clinic. “Biometrics provides the best means of certain identification.”

Advantages of using the FbF framework: 

The Fulcrum Biometrics FbF framework is a rapid biometric application deployment system comprised of several reusable components that developers can quickly deploy in their environment. The FbF components are specially designed to remove all the complexity for developers who need to use high quality biometric identification and authentication but who do not have the experience or the time required to learn the intricacies of developing biometric solutions. Supporting biometric hardware devices, creating reusable controls and implementing fast and accurate biometric server side systems can be a challenge for even experienced developers.

For more information about the FbF line of development products and a wide range of other iris, fingerprint, palm print, face and voice biometric technologies email:  info(at)fulcrumbiometrics(dot)com.

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