PSI and element to work on healthcare biometrics
11 December 2018 17:06 GMT

Population Services International (PSI) and Element are teaming up to identify patients and offer long-term personalized health services

Through a new partnership with Element, PSI – one of the world’s largest health organizations, operating across 67 countries – is piloting a biometric identification platform to support the provision of targeted health services through community health workers.

Element’s non-touch technology enrolls and authenticates clients by capturing images of the person’s modalities, such as the palm or face, using the camera on a basic smartphone or tablet. From tackling malaria and HIV to reducing child mortality and advancing reproductive health, PSI will be able to leverage Element’s platform to provide access to and transform healthcare for potentially millions of clients without forms of identification.

By using Element’s palm biometric technology in addition to SMS vouchers, PSI will have the capacity to connect clients to PSI’s social franchise clinics and community health workers.

“Element moves PSI closer to empowering youth to take their health into their own hands,” said James Brown, Director of Marketing and Innovation at PSI East Africa. “For PSI, the biometric platform provides an extraordinary opportunity to follow a client’s health journey in real-time, helping us continuously improve our programming, reach more clients, and develop longer term health relationships with them.”

Element’s software-only platform leverages the existing camera on mobile devices to biometrically enroll and authenticate individuals — offline or online. This means a PSI health worker can use an Android tablet to register a client’s biometric modality, in this case a palm; that same client can later present their palm at any PSI clinic and have their palm print scanned to redeem services. This process ensures no information is lost or duplicated between visits.

“At Element, we strive to build an inclusive platform that meets people where they are - in a user friendly, subtle, and non-invasive way,” said Montague Hermann, Director of Global Market Development at Element. “Without the dependency on mobile connectivity, our solution will improve the scope of PSI’s existing referral mechanisms and create better linkages to different levels of care.”

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