VaxTrac to present healthcare delivery solution at connect:ID conference in Washington D.C.
14 March 2014 13:39 GMT

fingerprint readers used to dramatically cut vaccine wastage in southern Benin

Lumidigm has announced that its multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors, as part of a solution created by VaxTrac, will help to stop vaccine waste at 31 new clinics in southern Benin.

The latest version of the VaxTrac system uses fingerprints of both mother and child for more robust identification. The use of fingerprints for vaccine tracking has already become very popular. In a preliminary assessment, the use of biometrics in the vaccination process has led to a 10% increase in the number of women returning to the clinics.

Without a proper and reliable means of identification, vaccine wastage rates are higher than 50 percent in some of the most challenging African locales. VaxTrac solves this problem with a biometric vaccination registry that is operated and managed in the field with low-cost mobile devices. Adult and child patients are identified in the registry with fingerprint sensors from Lumidigm. Returning patients can pull up their vaccination records with the touch of a finger, allowing the healthcare worker to deliver appropriate care.

The expansion in Benin, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, includes comprehensive training of new health workers and an updated version of the VaxTrac system that features reporting mechanisms for health workers and VaxTrac partners at the Ministry of Health, as well as a dashboard and other customized information features available at the clinic level.

Those attending the connect:ID conference and exhibit in Washington D.C. March 17-19 will be able to hear VaxTrac Executive Director Mark Thomas describe the life-saving work that his organization is providing and see a demo of the VaxTrac biometric vaccine tracking solution at Lumidigm booth #201.