A New York hospital has introduced a new digital footprint system for newborn children that replaces traditional ink and paper.
Little Spencer Auerbach was born on Oct. 7 at 8:18 pm, but the newborn’s first footprints weren’t logged with traditional ink and paper. Instead, they were scanned using this innovative digital footprint system, the first of its kind on Long Island.
North Shore University Hospital introduced the new equipment, created by a company called Certascan Technologies, about two weeks ago and has already used it on more than 100 newborns.
First, a nurse scans the baby’s identification, which is located on their foot. Next, the nurse takes a full-face photo of the newborn, and then scans each foot, both of which are automatically registered into the computer system.
Not only is the digital footprinting system quicker, cleaner, and more efficient, but it’s even linked to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the case of an emergency.
The images are uploaded and stored to a secure web portal that only the baby’s parents can access, but those who have privacy concerns can choose to opt out and get the prints on paper.
According to Certascan Technologies’ website, there is no upfront cost to install the system; the company only charges a fee per newborn foot scan.