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Power to the Patient: Mount Sinai Puts Medical Records Snapshot on Smart Cards

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:14am

Power to the Patient: Mount Sinai Puts Medical Records Snapshot on Smart Cards: "Today, Mount Sinai patients participating in the pilot test can choose to carry a 'personal health card.' This encrypted smart card with 64K of memory holds not only the patient's name, photo, and insurance information, but also a medical history snapshot, including notes on allergies, medications, recent treatment data, and even in some cases, a compressed EKG test result. The goal is to distribute 100,000 cards in the initial pilot project, Contino says. Mount Sinai's registration staffers can use the cards to check in patients quickly and accurately; emergency room triage nurses can use the cards for quick access to relevant patient data."

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