SecuGen, a developer of biometric products and services, has announced that its Hamster IV line of fingerprint readers have been integrated into the Tamil Nadu Health Insurance Scheme (TNHIS), part of the Indian Government’s eGovernance Initiative.
India’s eGovernance Initiative is designed to digitize more government services in an effort to improve the efficiency of the programs as well as increase transparency and accountability.
The TNHIS’s intent is to make health care more accessible to the country’s rural poor. The biometric aspect of the program now made operable by SecuGen’s fingerprint readers was decided as a way to keep fraudsters from taking advantage of the program at hospitals and other health care institutions.
The Hamster IV readers, which have already enrolled 100 million from 15 million families, will be used for authenticating individuals at the health care institutions as well.