Smart Cards as Enabling Technology for Future-Proof Healthcare
The eEurope Smart Card (eESC) initiative “is designed to encourage the deployment of smart cards across Europe and respond to the wants and needs of the citizens and the business community”. This White Paper extends this mission to the field of health and healthcare; thereby highlighting patients and citizens wants and needs in the emerging era of eHealth services. The use of telecommunication and informatics within healthcare, i.e. health telematics or eHealth, has received increasing attention by policy makers, patients and health professionals in recent years.
There is wide consensus that applications like networked electronic health records, broadband communication and secure networks have a high potential to improve the quality and availability of health care. By integrating mobile interactive devices healthcare services can become “ubiquitously available” and thus enhance the quality of life for citizens and patients throughout Europe and the world.
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