Medical smart cards: health care access in your pocket

Med Group Manage J. 2000;Suppl:22-3, 26-7.


The wallet-sized medical smart card, embedded with a programmable computer chip, stores and transmits a cardholder's clinical, insurance coverage and biographical information. When fully deployed, smart cards will conduct many functions at the point of care, from claims submission to medical records updates in real time. Ultimately, the smart card will make the individual patient record and all clinical and economic transactions within that patient log as portable, accessible and secure as an ATM account.

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Electronics
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Patient Identification Systems*
  • United States