Health Beat - Spring 2018 - 10


for Life

New technology digitally scans baby
feet without the inky mess, creating
a permanent record
By Beth Vinson


one are the days of messy ink pads and crying babies
while trying to capture a newborn's footprints, thanks
to a new technology offered at Salina Regional Health
Center. Nurses at Salina Regional are now electronically scanning the feet of newborns, capturing the precise
detail of a baby's footprint.
Like fingerprints, footprints are unique to each newborn.
Capturing this level of precision in footprints enables the hospital, law enforcement agencies and parents to identify the
baby should the need ever arise. These footprints can be used
for forensic identification throughout the life of the child.
Salina Regional Health Center was the first hospital in
Kansas to begin using the CertaScan technology.

The footprints captured by the hospital are encrypted and
securely stored in CertaScan's highly protected storage cloud.
In addition, the hospital stores the baby's footprints in the
newborn's electronic medical record, with another copy presented to the family as a keepsake.
Parents receive a password to be used on the CertaScan
website. They can download extra copies to enhance the


Less Mess, More Accuracy
The nursing staff is very excited about the new digital footprints, says Melinda Schmidt, R.N., director of women and
children's services at Salina Regional Health Center.
"The new electronic footprint saves so much time and
ensures accuracy because it goes directly into the medical
record," she says. "It's easy to use, no more messy ink, and
makes moms and dads feel more secure."
David Yarnell, chairman and CEO of CertaScan, says that
current inking methods don't give much detail or create a permanent digital record. Infant foot scans remain an important
part of the record, since footprints, like fingerprints, don't
change as we grow older.


Encrypted and Secure

certificate with colors, different fonts and borders, and they
can also download the digital copy of the baby's footprint.
For further protection, the hospital also takes a security
photo and scans the mom's index fingers. These images are
not on any certificate, but are stored in a secure storage area
and are in the baby's electronic medical record. The captured
images are protected and can only be accessed in emergencies by authorized parties for the baby's safety and security.

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