Monday, September 1, 2008

A brief on Health Smart cards- as requested.

Smart card network is secure, convenient and reliable smart card technologies specifically designed to store and transport a patient's most clinically relevant medical records.

The Idea is to incorporate smart card technology into the healthcare system as an instrumental component that protects and enables convenient access to patient data and delivers both clinical and administrative benefits.

ALWAYS CHOOSE a high-capacity microprocessor smart card that is PIN protected to comply with HIPAA security requirements and also provides a feature-rich, flexible platform that addresses key healthcare issues. There are compelling benefits to the patient, healthcare provider and payors that partially include:

� Support for privacy and security requirements mandated by HIPAA
� Convenient way to carry secure data between systems
� Streamlines administrative processes
� Reduction in fraud
� Rapid identification of patient
� Information readily accessible in an emergency
� Enables compliance with government initiatives and mandates
� Provides healthcare professionals with reliable data which is used to advise the best treatment and reduces probability of adverse drug events
� Reduces unnecessary and duplicate diagnostic tests or procedures
� Portable, secure PATIENT ownership of key medical information

Smart cards are used worldwide for many applications, including healthcare, financial, transit, telecommunications and secure identification. The information in smart card is stored in the Continuity of Care Record format and takes advantage of the technology's ability to provide secure, portable data storage, enable authentication information access and support secure transactions between the smart card and the system. The patient/administrative and clinical data sections on the smart card include:

�Cardholder demographics
�Emergency contacts
�Medical history
�Mental Health Power of Attorney; Health Care Power of Attorney;
�Surgeries & hospitalization
�Healthcare providers
�Medical equipment
�Insurance providers
�Religious preference
�Medications: Prescription / over-the-counter / supplements
�Living Will Advanced Directives
�Organ donor status
�MRI pre-screen questionnaire
�Medical Diagnoses

HEALTH PORTALS TODAY are establishing networks of physicians, hospitals, surgery centers, labs, clinics and emergency services that are or will be equipped with the Health application software, smart card readers and secure access to a network backup system. The network will allow physicians, emergency personnel and other healthcare providers secure and privacy compliant access to a patient's most clinically relevant medical data at participating locations.

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