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Biometrics in Health Care - an interview

24 Oct '17 | By Biophotonics.World
Biometrics in Health Care - an interview
Thomas von Kalckstein

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World Health Identification (WHID) in Berlin

Diagnoses in health care - an interview

CC: Mr. von Kalckstein, you are MD of World Health IDentification, what is WHID?

WHID has developed a concept of fast information exchange within healthcare. Due to digitization, industry 4.0 with smart information exchange will have a positive impact also in the health care sector. Smart Healthcare improves our life for a better chance to find best suitable treatments and medication based on existing information.

CC: What has been achieved with this new concept?

Valuable health care related information are available at hospitals, insurance companies etc. but often not been utilized to its full potential. Thanks to the newly developed concept, the diagnosing physician has now the option to access all available health related information for his patient. This has significant advantages for treating medical professionals, to study pre-treatment information, which has until now not yet been available. This applies in particular to allergies or medications that might be incompatible for patients and could often risk the life of patients. Due to availability of clinical data we can improve diagnoses. 

CC: Who is allowed to participate in this information exchange?

Every registered doctor, emergency service, hospital, laboratory, radiologists etc. would have worldwide access. Our system eliminates language, culture and country barriers. Unlimited medical history information exchange forms the basis for fast assistance.

CC: Are there other advantages? 

Using specific queries, statistics can be created. Improving information with regards to developing epidemics or disease would enable us to react more efficiently. Valuable information can be anonymously forwarded to the WHO, health ministries and pharmaceutical industry in real time. Problems with delayed information like in the past with swine flu or Ebola epidemic can be avoid. Faster availability of data with shorter response times will assist preventing more rapid spread of disease.

CC: Are there relevant other projects?

Simplifying procedures with existing information will improve better precaution and after care. Costs are reduced, saving money for the health care industry and patients alike. Comprehensive vaccination protection can be achieved by exchange of patient-relevant data. We develop smart information exchange and implement necessary vaccinations without using a paper document as proof of vaccination. Often this paper documents are in case of an emergency not immediately available, resulting in over-vaccination. With the same concept organ donations are considerably simplified. Logistical solutions will improve the process of track and trace of available organs and assigning them to patient who are in need for lifesaving organ.

CC: How would you improve implementation specifically in rural areas?

Autonomous medical centers with telemedicine can make a significant contribution to improved health care. Often patients travel long distances to reach hospitals or medical services. Internet technologies via mobile communications, satellite communications, etc. ensure large-scale coverage. Airbus Communications intends to implement the ONE WEB project within the next three years. As a result, internet based information technologies are without limitation available all over the world.

CC: You already have information about medical networks?

Yes, we can find the next doctor with a mobile application in case of emergency and send important information in advance.

CC: Which countries have already been interested?

Namibia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Rwanda, Somaliland, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Colombia and Panama have shown interest in WHID projects. Especially Africa will have a significant advantage in our system to improve their structures, which is affordable for the community and health providers.


The interview led Dr. Christel Budzinski, Company Communications

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