The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will deploy BIO-key Int'l Inc.'s, a finger-based biometric identification solutions company, TruDonor biometric identification technology to enhance the convenience and security for blood donors later this year.
OBI, a non-profit regional blood center, is incorporating BIO-key's patented fingerprint identification solution to provide blood donors with a fast and convenient method to establish their identity. The solution automates the donor check in process and protects donor privacy by eliminating the need for donors to produce sensitive identification forms, such as driver licenses or Social Security numbers. A simple touch of the donor's finger the software can search the OBI database to provide positive identification, reducing the check-in time and virtually eliminating human errors during the check-in process.
"At OBI, we recognize the importance of providing convenience for our donors and protecting their identity. Using the BIO-key ID solution, we are able to protect our donor's privacy while reducing the chance of duplicate donor IDs and aliases in our system," says OBI President and CEO John Armitage, M.D. "We are constantly looking for ways to improve our donors' experiences and protect the integrity of the blood supply for Oklahomans."
OBI provides every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 150 medical facilities in Oklahoma and north central Texas with the help of nearly 700 employees working with as many as 800 volunteers and 2,600 drive coordinators. In addition to its headquarters and laboratories, donor centers are located in the Oklahoma City-area, Tulsa, Lawton, Enid, Ardmore, Ada and Ponca City. OBI also operates the Texas Blood Institute in Wichita Falls.
"This is the first major deployment that is the result of close collaboration with our partner Healthcare-ID," adds BIO-key President and CEO Mike DePasquale. Healthcare-ID provides solutions that automate the entry of accurate information at both fixed and mobile collection sites to eliminate disposal of collected blood units based on donor eligibility and suitability and significantly reduce the cost of blood collection.
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