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Re: [Health] GNU Health

From: Robert Schilt
Subject: Re: [Health] GNU Health
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:03:57 +1000

Thanks Maria.

It certainly is a very interesting situation.

We shall persist.

On 16 June 2015 at 21:37, Maria Cecilia Santos Popper <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi all!

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 4:27 AM, Cédric Krier <address@hidden> wrote:
On 2015-06-16 17:08, Robert Schilt wrote:
> Thanks for your ideas and comments on this one.
> Basically, there is no such thing as a social security number in PNG. The
> government is currently trying to introduce a national ID card but is still
> some years away. Furthermore, peoples names can change from visit to visit
> (the concept of a fixed name is a very alien concept to many tribal folks
> around the world - not only PNG). The concept of uniquely ID'ing a patient
> easily is therefore a pre-req for any HIS in this part of the world.

If the government did not have one, why can't you manage one yourself?
You just have to give to the patient an ID card from the hospital. This
is far cheaper than having any biometric machinery and it will be far
better for privacy protection.

I think I see what Robert is trying to point: if the patient has no ID number provided by the goverment, and because of cultural issues, patient can change her name from visit to visit, then the only way to relate a patient to GNUHealth's ID is by the means of biometrics.

Interesting situation! 
Cédric Krier - B2CK SPRL
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Lic. Cecilia Santos Popper


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