Confusion and inadequate organization are often the causes of medical treatment errors. Especially in large clinics with many different specialist departments, a reliable and efficient form of patient identification is indispensable for the patient, doctor and clinical team. With the iNails, the patient can now carry his “clinic pass” directly on the body. This provides security for everyone and simplifies processes.
Ever smaller, ever faster, ever more powerful – computer technology has developed in recent decades. With tiny computer chips and modern battery technology that allows the smallest structures, computer technology is finding its way into healthcare more and more.
With the iNail, the Swiss innovation entrepreneur Wearable4you has succeeded in developing so unique that it could fundamentally change the processes in the hospital: an electronic, intelligent fingernail. The small fingernail sticker contains encrypted, individual data that can be read with a smartphone app and is blockchain-enabled.
As the CTO Heinz E. Schmitz explains, the entire system is designed for maximum user-friendliness so that “doctors and medical staff can concentrate 100 percent on their core task”.
The iNails are glued onto the fingernail and programmed using cryptographic methods. There is also the option of designing the iNails so that they self-destruct when removed. This is particularly advantageous when it is used in the safety and health sector because confusion and misuse are reliably prevented.
The data of the fingernail chip can be read out via a smartphone app. Depending on the programmed functions, iNails can be used in very different ways: You can make colors and symbols visible or save information so that they can be called up. In the long run, it should be possible for iNails to record vital functions and transmit them to the medical team via a constant real-time connection. The technology is far from exhausted.
INails can make her debut in healthcare in the area of patient identification. They replace handwritten bracelets and similar aids. Their design guarantees an additional level of security. They help to avoid confusion and ensure the correct use of the medication. Unlike a bracelet, the fingernail chip cannot simply be removed and passed on. On the contrary, it is even suitable for collecting the patient’s personal data and storing them in one place. The complete integration of the iNails into the digital patient file simplifies the processes in the clinic and reduces the administrative effort. For the patient, the fingernail chip means: more safety and satisfaction.
A fingernail as a data carrier? This is possible today with the innovative iNails from Switzerland. The versatile fingernail chips can provide valuable services in patient identification in hospitals. They can be fully integrated into the digital patient record.