By Joseph Varghese/Staff Reporter
As a high-tech facility, the outpatient clinics of the Sidra Medical and Research Centre (Sidra) will offer a number of features for the first time in the region.
They include palm vein recognition technology, digital signature of the patients, attractive themes on the walls of the scanning room for children and a 3D printer to provide 3D models of a patient’s organs among others.
“The palm vein recognition technology is a biometric technology that identifies patients with a high level of accuracy and is easy for patients to use and accept,” said Dr David Sigalet, medical director of the Sidra Outpatient Clinic and chief of surgery.
A biometric scanner uses a near-infrared light wave to capture the vein pattern in a patient’s palm.
The advanced algorithm processes patient’s vein pattern to create an encrypted and protected digital file that is linked to their unique medical record.”
“Once enrolled, returning patients just have to provide their date of birth and scan their palm. Then, the palm vein recognition technology retrieves patients’ individual medical records, automatically and accurately. This is the first time an Outpatient Clinic in Doha will be featuring the use of this technology,” he added.
Similarly, the children’s scanning room has got several themes to be displayed while the CT scan is being taken.
The patients have the option to choose from a number of themes displayed at the entrance of the room.
The entire process of CT scan is completed in a second, which is lightning fast compared to the ordinary CT Scan.
Paediatric patients will have their height, temperature and weight read by devices which will send the information directly to digital patient files - ensuring that patient information is streamlined and also allowing nurses to spend more time on patient care.
Patients will also benefit from the rapid review and reporting of digital images from X-rays, Ultrasound Scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans or CT scans all within minutes of being scanned.
A 3D printer will provide 3D models of a patient’s organs such as the heart or the brain to help with treatment planning.
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