The first of their kind in India, the machines will allow for non-intrusive medical tests and also spit out health policies for as much as Rs 10 lakh without requiring human assistance.

The health ATMs, launched by Max Bupa Health Insurance (MBHI), will initially be located in financial institutions that partner with the company.

Ashish Mehrotra, MD & CEO, MBHI, told the Times of India, "This will simplify the purchase journey for health insurance products and more importantly ensure that the policy is delivered seamlessly to them. What ATMs did to banking, we should be able to do for health insurance with these machines."

In order to launch the service -- which will be limited to basic tests and simple indemnity policies rather than the company's signature policy that needs greater documentation -- MBHI is partnering with a health startup.

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Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

Using Wearable Tech to Track Purchases

A 32-year-old San Francisco resident has come up with a way to track his spending habits and simplify the steps needed to make payments -- all by using biometrics. His story is part of PSFK's Future of Digital Safety & Security report, and it starts out like this:

Our 32-year-old, named Raul, practices a faithful habit of running in the mornings. Not too long ago, his financial institution issued him a MasterCard that Raul linked to his fitness wristband. Because the device now can handle payments as well as track fitness data, Raul often leaves his wallet behind while stopping here and there to make purchases while on his morning run.

While at the grocery store, for instance, Raul brings his items to the counter and decides on which payment option he wants. He can pay with his card or with the fitness points that he's been awarded as a result of his running. In one case, he opts for the card. Because his fitness band can identify him by his particular heartbeat, he taps the band on an NFC reader, and the transaction goes through.

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Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

How Biometrics May Change the Classroom

For decades, students have struggled to stay awake in class, simply trying to get through the day without getting in trouble. Teachers had only visual cues to determine whether lessons were getting across, and in a room of 20-30 students, that can be easier said than done.

Biometrics may very well change all of that. A team of developers in Queens, New York is working on technology that will analyze students' facial features to gauge their reactions to lessons. Using webcams, EngageSense technology will measure student smiles and eye movements to gather data that can then be used in wide-scale reporting.

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