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Finger IDs for Blood Donors

ID system that checks the unique pattern of veins in an individual’s finger could speed the blood donation process while avoiding potential errors, Avion and Hitachi say.

ID system that checks the unique pattern of veins in an individual’s finger could speed the blood donation process while avoiding potential errors, Avion and Hitachi say.

Photo courtesy of Avion

Half the battle for blood donations — and way more than half the time — traditionally goes to the paperwork that’s required to make sure donated blood is correctly identified.

Now Huntsville-based Avion Solutions Inc. has partnered with Hitachi Ltd. to develop a highly accurate ID system based on the unique pattern of veins in a donor’s finger.

The new system is built on the ID methods Avion created for tracking inmates, but can now be applied to an entirely new field. 

In a prepared statement, Avion and Hitachi say they hope the new system — which they describe as 99.9 percent accurate — will create a shorter and easier donation process that will, in turn, “encourage citizen to become habitual donors, increase the number of donations per year, and save more lives.”

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