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Med Ref Serv Q. 2003 Spring;22(1):57-65.

Health smart cards: merging technology and medical information.

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  • Florida State University School of Information Studies, Tallahassee, FL, USA. srw4000@garnet.acns.fsu.edu


Smart cards are credit card-sized plastic cards, with an embedded dime-sized Integrated Circuit microprocessor chip. Smart cards can be used for keyless entry, electronic medical records, etc. Health smart cards have been in limited use since 1982 in Europe and the United States, and several barriers including lack of infrastructure, low consumer confidence, competing standards, and cost continue to be addressed.

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