SMART Association Inc. announced that Wyckoff Heights Medical Center of Brooklyn, New York, will implement a health care smart card program. The program, slated to issue more than 110,000 smart cards to Wyckoff’s patients and will start deployment in the first quarter of 2010.
Over the next two years, patients will be issued a Wyckoff Heights Medical Center smart card that will carry patient’s individual demographic information and important medical information such as medical conditions, allergies and medications.
Patients will be able to have their information read at the admissions department and emergency department, easing the admissions process. All information stored on the card is encrypted within the smart card chip.
SMART’s goal is to support the underlying foundation of the president’s health care initiatives and create a connected, patient-centric model where all providers can contribute and access patient information for the benefit of the patient while reducing duplicate records, medical fraud, patient record error and streamlining patient registration.