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Re: [Health] GNU Health

From: Robert Schilt
Subject: Re: [Health] GNU Health
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:34:31 +1000


I would like to thank everyone for contributing to this discussion. I can see how there are arguments for and against biometrics.

At the end of the day...  and the crux of my initial question remains "how do we uniquely ID a patient" given the geographic and cultural context of PNG. The idea of issuing an ID card is a good one - but cards get stolen or are lost. The idea of using a finger print appeals to us because this travels everywhere with a person.  

Whilst some of you are fortunate to work in countries where governments have solved this problem by way of a social security number or national ID card - in PNG this is not the case. The intro of a PUID remains an inherent and mandatory element for any HIS.

I remain curious...  whether any one out there has been faced with a similar challenge (PUID) and what they discovered in the process.



On 17 June 2015 at 07:04, David Bruchmann <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Eka,

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 10:55 PM, Eka P Adiredja <address@hidden> wrote:

Hi all,

What about for some of handicapped people that might not be able to use the biometrics id? I guess, we are ignoring those minority in this discussion? Otherwise, then you would need secondary option to ID patient, then that would add to overall cost.


That's a good point, not only for new candidates without biometrics like fingerprints but also for candidates who are loosing them by an accident.
That's always the weak point about biometrics.

Best Regards,


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