A hospital visit might soon be safer and speedier with a new patient smart-card that aims to reduce healthcare paperwork and protect against medical errors.
In coming months, patients at Mount Sinai Medical Center and nine other New York City metropolitan hospitals will get a wallet-size health card that can carry the equivalent of 30 pages of medical records, everything from blood type to echocardiograms.
The 64-kilobyte card was developed by Siemens Medical Solutions, based in Malvern, Pa., and Erlanger, Germany.
About 1,000 cards have been issued so far, and Siemens and Mount Sinai expect about 5,000 to 10,000 to
be distributed by the end of the year to a regional network of hospitals and clinics that serve patients
of diverse nationalities and many languages.
In all, 100,000 plastic cards will be doled out over the next 18 to 24 months to residents of New York
and northern New Jersey as part of a pilot plan.
The hospital system is using the cards to reduce medical errors, make it easier for patients to
communicate with their doctors, present records that are more complete and minimize the number of
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