Bulgarian health ministry officials have announced that fingerprint registration is now required in all hospitals to improve security, treatment and administration of the country's insurance fund system.All hospitals operating with the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) will have to use biometric devices and register patients with them, if hospitals are to be paid for their activities at the end of each month.All 369 contract partners of NZOK in the country have signed additional agreements to their individual contracts declaring their readiness to work with the system.Apilot implementation of the system started in August in the 20 biggest hospitals in the country and was implemented in stages in the remaining hospitals.According to the chief expert of Information Processes and Security of Information Directorate, Martin Bankov, the system is easy to operate and the actual registration of patients takes no longer than two minutes.