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Desert Care Network Hospitals Install 'State-of-the-Art' Newborn Safety System

Apr 9, 2019

PALM SPRINGS, INDIO AND JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – April 9, 2019 – The Desert Care Network Hospitals - JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio, Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, and Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs have recently installed a new and innovative Infant Safety System developed by CertaScan Technologies. The proprietary system allows the hospitals to capture high resolution newborn footprints which can be used for precise identification in situations like an abduction, lost baby or natural disaster.

The Newborn Safety System — which uses LiveScan Technology — has garnered the attention and praise from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and has been included as a recommendation for hospitals in its most recent Infant Security Guidelines.

“We are so proud of the care we provide to newborns and their families at Desert Care Network hospitals,” said Michele Finney, CEO of the Desert Care Network. “This new technology will offer even more comfort and peace of mind to the families welcoming newborns into the world at our hospitals.”

The System is entirely safe for use on babies and provides outstanding footprint quality. Nurses prefer the System because it is easy to use, seamless to adopt and replaces the time-consuming and messy ink and paper method. The digital footprints and security photo can be stored efficiently in the newborn’s electronic medical record. And, much like fingerprints, footprints are a biometric, unique to each baby, so they can be used for identification throughout a lifetime.

Each new mom receives an attractive certificate of her newborn’s footprint during her stay. When she returns home, she can visit www.firstfootprint.com to enhance the certificate with colors, different fonts and borders. She can also download a digital copy of her baby’s footprint.

Desert Care Network hospitals are the first hospitals in our desert communities to provide this innovative service to moms.