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The Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services Council developed this infographic to depict the impact of smart card technology on the future of healthcare identity authentication and suggest how current challenges can be solved through interoperability, increased security, and multi-factor authentication.


The History of Smart Cards in Healthcare dates back to the 1990s. In 1998, the French health-care system began providing each patient with a small green card. Each patient carries “the carte vitale”. It is a Smart Card, a plastic credit card with a memory chip on it.


Smart cards in the health care sector have gained massive popularity in the last decade. This can be attributed to several value added features that smart card usage can offer to patients as well as providers. With the health care boom in the last few decades, maintenance of health data has become a necessity, yet tiring process in large ...


Mainstreamed smart technologies, smart cards being only one simple example, will continue to become commonplace, expected, and eventually mandatory within the healthcare industry. Almost every facet of the population at large is affected by the concept of electronic smart cards—physicians, payers, providers, hospitals, your neighbor's mother ...


A health smart card is a plastic card, about the size of a credit card, that is embedded with a computer chip containing both the administrative and medical data of a patient. The data contained in the card is in a compact, encrypted, computer-readable form, so that a great deal of information can be housed on the card’s chip.


Commercial Applications. Smart cards also provide benefits for a host of business applications in both B2B and B2C environments. The smart card's portability and ability to be updated make it a technology well suited for connecting the virtual and physical worlds, as well as multi-partner card programs.


Such health smart cards have been used in Australia and studies had shown some of the advantages and disadvantages of this e-health system. 17 The main advantage of a health smart card is the continuity of care regardless of the national location the patient seeks healthcare interventions.


1. Med Group Manage J. 2000;Suppl:22-3, 26-7. Medical smart cards: health care access in your pocket. Krohn RW(1). Author information: (1)HealthSense, Inc., Guyton, GA 31312, USA. www.health-sense.com The wallet-sized medical smart card, embedded with a programmable computer chip, stores and transmits a cardholder's clinical, insurance coverage and biographical information.


Smart card technology assessment for health care. Using smart cards speeds up the transition to paperless, electronic procedures and data exchanges, which are three formidable catalysts for the modernization of systems. In terms of administration, the results obtained are impressive.


The Smart Card Alliance Health & Human Services Council brings together human services organizations, payers, healthcare providers, and technologists to promote the adoption of smart cards in U.S. health and human services organizations and within the national health IT infrastructure. The Health & Human Services Council provides a forum where ...