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Fingerprint Sensors can help fight pandemics like that of Ebola.

Author: Saikiran Kadam
by Saikiran Kadam
Posted: Jul 15, 2015

The Ebola outbreak that began in late 2013 left West Africa devastated, with estimated decline of $1.6 billion in 2015 GDP, and the greatest challenge that lies in front of these nations is stopping its spread, while providing necessary care to all those who are infected. The International Humanitarian Charity Oxfam, is hoping to raise 1.7 Billion Dollars in order to improve the health care systems of the Ebola hit countries, so as to tackle and curb the outbreak.

One of the solution put forth, in helping curb any such outbreak, is by Securiport LLC. Its Epidemic Control System (ECS), designed in order to operate within their Integrated Immigration Control System (IICS), to help identify possible carriers using comprehensive contact tracing data analytics. The software is currently being used across all the West African nations,and it uses ultrasonic fingerprint scanners with the ability to penetrate the skin in order to obtain an echo-graph of the underlying minutiae and enable quick identification of wanted individuals.

With the software Securiport aims to provide, health management institutions and government organisations, an effective contact tracing and a common data collection platform with real time data collection facility that can identify origins and paths of an individual’s journey, and using its Circle Monitoring and Link Analysis tools identify individuals who may have been exposed to a certain epidemic. Securiport claims that using the intelligent biometric technology along with the data analytics it has been successful in controlling the spread of the Ebola virus and also ease the economic impact.

Even the healthcare industry is looking for options with improved methods to secure patient data. Something that will help them in preventing insurance fraud, provide controlled access to medical equipment, however, with security, agility and easeof access to patient medical records. Integration of Biometric Sensors like that of Fingerprint Sensors is already being considered as a viable solution, Gemaltoan international digital security company, launched its Sealys e-health terminal, which includes access to the patient’s electronic medical file and emergency data, issue electronic prescriptionsusing their fingerprint or any contactless device.

With the future where every living and non-living things is expected to be interconnected, using the Internet of Things (IoT), and the innovation in data analytics, where data will be collected and analysed in real time, the solution from Securiport looks like a viable solution with a purpose to provide greater good to the society. The application of Securiport technology can further be enhanced by integrating it to the eHealth systems, which can enable doctors diagnose deadly disease with perfection and relatively quickly based on the patients travel history. They can also help provide patient’s medical history to the doctor in a country away from the patient’s home or monitor and provide research data to the healthcare professional across the universe.

About the Author

SaiKiran Kadam is an Analyst working with Mordor Intelligence, a market research consulting firm which specializes in Market Research Consulting, Market Research Reports, Market Sizing Reports, Industry Research Reports.

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