E-services are to an increasing extent used for searching health care information, which places huge requirements on them. Firstly, reliable and secure user authentication is of utmost importance. Secondly, the authentication method must be user-friendly for it to be unambiguously and easily accessible for every user. The price of a single authentication event also has to remain at a low level, as the systems are built for massive user bases. Furthermore, the authentication method has to fulfil the different requirements of both the health care professionals and the customers.
The PalmSign solution will at first be applied in Medixine's health measurement kiosks. The palm authentication device is connected to a PC. Authentication takes place simply by putting a hand over the device, which uses infrared light to analyse the vein pattern, defines the user's access rights and opens the application, all in a few seconds.
"The measuring kiosk is useful for instance in large workplaces where the occupational health service wants to monitor employee wellness. The kiosk solution enables employees to monitor their blood pressure or weight while the information is stored in the system, accessible for the health care staff", described CEO Tapio Jokinen of Medixine.
Medixine is specialized in electronic health care solutions, such as e-booking, e-health centre services, secure communication between patient and health care staff, and the citizen's user interface to their personal health care information.
The co-operation agreement between Fujitsu and Medixine on electronic health care solutions was published in autumn 2005. Medixine implements the software for the new e-services which Fujitsu will provide as part of its regional data system, Fiale.