Riga Eastern Clinical Hospital to identify patients using fingerprint data
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.