Infant mortality rate in India (48/1000) is almost three times that of China and Brazil. Despite the almost eight percent growth rate in the Indian economy, the state run health care sector in India is in shambles, showing high infant and maternity mortality rates. The health care sector remains chronically understaffed and the problem of understaffing is made worse by rampant indiscipline among those in the medical fraternity.
Absenteeism is rampant in the state run hospitals, with some doctors not reporting for days on a stretch. However these truant doctors are able to collect their full salary as the attendance registers are often fudged with the connivance of those entrusted with time keeping. The situation, in government hospitals, is so bad that a ward boy was found to be performing surgery in one of the state run hospitals, recently.
The security in these state run hospitals is also cause for concern. There are no entry restrictions. Security is so bad that anybody can enter the hospitals premises and do as they wish. Without any access control solutions there is no accountability. Instances of child theft are at an all time high thanks to this laissez faire state.
Realizing that absenteeism had become a big liability for the government, the West Bengal health department decided to usher biometric time clocks in a phased manner. Expecting serious opposition from the Group D staff, the health department has decided that only Group A staff would be covered under the new attendance system using access control solutions biometric time clocks. Employee time clock software prepares a time log every time the user logs in and logs out. Employee time clock software is used for payroll accounting, workforce management and computing salaries at the end of the month.
Access control solutions are becoming the weapon of choice for the health departments across the length and breadth of India, as India wages a war against chronic absenteeism in government hospitals. The results are encouraging so far. The Group A officers have accepted the state governments diktat after some initial grumbling. However, the group D staff has yet to acquiesce to this system.
Biometrics is the most reliable method for time keeping. This is because all attendance related transactions are validated with the help of biometric data like fingerprints, voice, color of the iris, gait and so on. Each transaction is recorded in a digital format and the transaction log is preserved for end of the month pay roll accounting.
The power of Biometric technology can be harnessed to make hospitals safe. Biometric Fingerprint door locks can be installed at vantage points for controlling entry. Only those related to the family can be given access. Fingerprint door locks can be installed at pharmacy store and maternity wards where most of the thefts take place.