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What is HealtheCard?

  • HealtheCard is a health care smart card that looks like a credit card. It is encrypted with a patient’s vital medical information for prompt emergency action.
  • It links to a web-based healthePage portal for detail medical data for diagnosis and treatment.
  • It is a key that opens the door to a patient’s health record residing in a hospital’s existing electronic system.

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What does HealtheCard do?

  • Provides a standard format of patient care information that can be accessed and understood anywhere in the world.
  • Improves “continuity of care” by communicating relevant clinical information about a patient among practitioners.
  • Provides information for prompt emergency action with readily accessible real-time patient’s health data at any point of medical encounter.
  • Accesses a web-based healthePage portal for a patient’s detail medical data needed for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Updates data at the end of a medical encounter, enabling a customer to carry current information.

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What is the use of HealtheCard?

  • Makes it a “way of life” for customers to carry readily accessible real time medical information in their wallet 24/7 anywhere in the world that is secure, portable and interoperable.
  • Humanizes the process of healthcare service by empowering healthcare providers and customers with current medical information.
  • Decreases healthcare cost by reducing errors, duplicative tests and adverse drug events.
  • Transforms passive patients to active partners by making them feel personally responsible and connected with their health.
  • Lays the foundation for computer-assisted disease prognosis to aid prediction, detection, prevention and early intervention of disease development.

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Why do we need such a healthcare smart card?
Globalization, tourism, aging population, medical advances and rising cost of healthcare services, impacts the future. These shortcomings worsen as the pace of medical advances accelerates, throwing more knowledge, more techniques and more drugs at a rate faster than the human mind can comprehend. Physicians will not be able to continue flying without a flight plan. Also with escalating healthcare costs, more people are opting to get their medical procedures done overseas. Efficient medical data management is needed extensively for:

  • Medical Tourism
  • Prognosis and Prevention
  • Managed Care
  • Empowerment of practitioners and customers

HealtheCard system has the technology to provide a potential solution for this need. It puts together the fundamental building block for doing business in the future through interoperable IT systems that is efficient and standardized.

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Is HealtheCard Network an electronic health record system?
By itself, healtheCard is not a complete Electronic Health Record of a patient’s lifelong health status and healthcare. Nor is it just a progress note, discharge summary or a consultation. It is an extract of relevant information from electronic records, which can be easily read and understood by practitioners and patients. The card is encrypted with a defined set of vital medical information of a patient gathered from existing scattered data or electronic medical records and compiled in a structured manner. It further links to a web-based portal, healthePage, for detail medical data required for diagnosis and treatment. It follows an agreed-upon set of rules and data standards to allow information to be shared and processed in a uniform and consistent manner.

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Can the HealtheCard Network integrate with an existing Hospital Information System?
Yes. HealtheCard network is designed to integrate its architecture with the client’s platform. It integrates seamlessly with an existing Hospital Information System (HIS) with necessary customization to enable interoperability of its electronic health records. It also integrates effectively with minimum disruption to the workflow in a physician office where most of the data is generated. It serves as a bridge between a patient’s portable medical records and the network architecture.

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Who will own HealtheCard?
The customer will own the card. This will allow them to have direct control over their health.

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Who will issue the card?
The hospital or the medical network with the repository that holds the medical data of the customer in its system, will issue the card.

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Can one access the information on the card anywhere?
Yes, as long as there is computer access. HealtheCard comes in two forms:

  • A familiar and convenient form of a plastic credit card. This requires a card reader interface.
  • A USB port in the form of a key chain. This does not require any special software or hardware. Allows complete portability to any network systems.

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Does the reading computer have to be part of HealtheCard network system?
No. As a read-only feature, any computer can directly display the stored information in the USB key chain or via a card reader in the smart card with appropriate security features.

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How will this information be shared with other institutions?
With the permission of the patient, the issuing medical institutions will share the data with a referring medical institution.

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How will hospitals with different legacy systems exchange data?
Data will be exchanged by web services through a web-based portal.

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Who will pay for sharing the data?
It will depend on the nature of the transaction. Whoever needs the data, will pay the institution that holds the data.

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What are the advantages of HealtheCard?

  • Leveraged on proven smart card know-how and based on industry medical standards, the technology
    is interoperable.
  • It is scalable from the smallest private practitioner’s office to large clinics and hospitals networks to pave a path for future national and international integration.
  • A wide spectrum of healthcare players benefit, namely:
    Financial: Reduces cost, errors, defensive medicine, adverse drug effects and duplicative tests. Shortens time spent with each patient that facilitates higher patient volume and revenue.
    Clinical: Streamlines records and shares patient information between providers to expedite treatment and recovery. Adheres better to clinical protocols and makes better use of drugs and lab services.
    Organizational: A central repository allows rapid access to data that increases transaction. Helps reduce staff, decrease malpractice litigation and adhere to federal, state and organization standards.

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Does HealtheCard meet privacy requirements?
Yes. Uses multiple technologies and has provision for optional elements. Some features:

  • Patient's unique identifier stored on card and dual slot smart card reader
  • Secure PIN entry, digital signature and optional biometrics
  • Role-based access control and audit trail accountability
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant

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What is HealtheCard’s differentiation?

  • Focuses on the client’s platforms to create an optimal solution of customization that integrates best with the HealtheCard network. Ensures minimum investment on expensive infrastructure. The electronic data flow includes web-based applications and Internet portals. The information can be read offline by patients and can be used for insurance claims submissions.
    • Lays the foundation for a patient-centric computer-assisted disease prognosis and diagnosis engine.
    • Creates the provision for a dynamic disease-specific knowledgebase for decision-making and patient empowerment.

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For more information, Contact:

HealtheSys Inc.
Tel: 415-595-6847
Email:
info@healtheSys.org
www.healtheSys.org

 

 

 

 
     
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