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Putting your health records on a card in your wallet

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Putting your health records on a card in your wallet.   I’m Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear.   There are lots of different approaches being taken to bringing health records into the digital age…with the idea being to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.    For consumers,  how much better would it be if, when you go to a hospital or doctor’s office, you could simply hand over a card that could securely transfer your medical history, instead of having to fill out forms.     That’s the idea behind the new Personal Health Card from LifeNexus, which has partnered with STMicroelectronics.    LifeNexus CEO Christopher Maus…says the card can also serve as a credit card….

Payment on the back card, back side of the card with a mag stripe.   On the front side, there’s a chip.”

And that chip is what stores the medical data in a secure format.   Maus says the Personal Health Cards will be issued by some insurers and be available to consumers independently as well.    You can find us with archives, interviews and more at BootCamp.com.   I’m Fred Fishkin.

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