Medical students develop software for pioneering electronic patient records
- By: Clare Hughes
Two London medical students have designed a computer system allowing patients to access their electronic medical records at the scan of a fingerprint.
The Patient Access Electronic Record System (PAERS), which recognises patients using a fingerprint and identification number, is now available to patients at Wells Park Surgery in Sydenham, south east London.
Patients can also avoid queuing at reception to book in for their appointments by using a fingerprint recognition device at the entrance.
Fraser Booth and Lachlan Clark, final year students at Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's medical school, developed the software for PAERS. Fraser is an experienced web programmer, and Lachlan, who used to be an engineer, was involved in the development and management of the project.
The system, which is activated by touch screen or mouse, allows patients to view their full medical records in a user friendly way. They can look at consultation records, test