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Fingerprint scheme reduces queueing

Dr Brian Fisher's practice is using fingerprint technology to enable patients to check-in when they come for appointments and to view their records while they wait.

A terminal in the entrance hall is proving speedier than queueing for receptionists while a second machine, integrated by EMIS with electronic patient records, sits in a private booth. More than 300 patients registered their right index fingerprint in the first 10 days.

'Even elderly patients and patients whose first language is not English are registering for it,' said Dr Fisher.

The scheme at the practice in Sydenham, south-east London, is funded by Lewisham PCT.

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