Conceptualizing a smart card for Indian Healthcare
R., Prajeesh; Rath, Satish and Sarbadhikari, S. N. (2007) Conceptualizing a smart card for Indian Healthcare. In: IAMI 2007, 16-17 Nov 2007, Kochi, India.
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This paper proposes to conceptualize a smart card application interface to electronic medical records for the Indian healthcare market and to study the practical applicability of integrating electronic medical record information with an existing service like banking, health insurance or the proposed Citizens’ card. A lot of morbidity and mortality due to drug interactions, allergic reactions or misdiagnoses can be prevented if medical professionals and care givers have access to proper medical records. At lot of times the information is inaccessible, inaccurate, lacking in detail or out dated. Accessing certain vital medical information makes the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. A smart card is a plastic card with an embedded chip that can be either a microcontroller with internal memory or a memory chip alone. With an embedded microcontroller, smart cards have the unique ability to store large amounts of data, carry out their own on-card functions (e.g., encryption and digital signatures) and interact intelligently with a smart card reader. Smart cards are used in financial, telecommunications, transit, healthcare, secure identification and other applications The presence of processing capability and memory in a smart card, along with the smart card’s ability to support multiple applications, make smart cards an efficient and flexible mechanism that can help organizations achieve HIPAA compliance while meeting the goals of patients and practitioners.
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