Riga Eastern Clin­i­cal Hos­pi­tal to iden­tify pa­tients us­ing fin­ger­print data

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Riga Eastern Clin­i­cal Hos­pi­tal has in­tro­duced bio­met­ric data iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem that will be used to iden­tify pa­tients us­ing fin­ger­print data, BNN was in­formed by the hos­pi­tal.

A scan of fin­ger­prints will help de­ter­mine a per­son’s name, sur­name and per­sonal code. This sys­tem uses data from the Of­fice of Cit­i­zen­ship and Mi­gra­tion Af­fairs. It was adopted by the hos­pi­tal in ac­cor­dance with data se­cu­rity re­quire­ments, as ex­plained by the hos­pi­tal’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

«The abil­ity to de­ter­mine a pa­tient’s iden­tity us­ing fin­ger­print data can help in many sit­u­a­tions. Most no­tably – we can now learn the names and sur­names of pa­tients who are de­liv­ered in an un­con­scious state or with­out doc­u­ments. Those are pa­tients with se­ri­ous in­juries and se­niors with mem­ory prob­lems,» says Riga Eastern Hos­pi­tal’s Emer­gency Med­i­cal and Pa­tient Ad­mis­sion Clinic man­ager Alek­sejs Vis­nakovs. He con­tin­ues: «It is not rare for old peo­ple to for­get their names and where they live after go­ing to the shop or just tak­ing out the trash. They are brought to us. From there we have to spend a lot of time to de­ter­mine a per­son’s ID and con­tact rel­a­tives, if there are any.»

Ac­ci­dents and sud­den health prob­lems of­ten catch peo­ple off-guard. This is why peo­ple are some­times brought to the hos­pi­tal with no per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments, which causes com­pli­ca­tions for us, as noted by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Riga Eastern Clin­i­cal Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal. Per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments and a med­i­cal in­sur­ance pol­icy have to be pre­sented to re­ceive state-funded med­i­cal ser­vices. Thanks to the new sys­tem, it will be enough for a pa­tient to pro­vide their per­sonal code and fin­ger­print data for the hos­pi­tal to con­firm the per­son’s iden­tity.


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