Smart Card Talk : April 2011 : Volume 16 : Number 4

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Executive Director’s Letter

Dear members and friends of the Alliance,

The term “convergence” gets used a great deal in the smart card industry. Possibly that is due to the many commonalities that exist across the many seemingly distinct and independent markets where smart cards are becoming more and more mainstream in the United States. For example, what does a smart card that is used to securely access a cloud-based Internet service provider like a prescription drug retailer have to do with a smart card that lets me park my car in the commuter parking lot and board the bus that takes me to my job each day?

Well, in reality, these two seemingly independent applications for smart cards–as an identity token that stores a digital credential to access a cloud-based retailer and as a payment token that makes the parking gate go up and down and the green light go on when I board the commuter bus–are performing exactly the same function. Both uses are providing a trusted identifier to the systems they are connecting to and using some attribute or privilege associated with this identity to allow access to a protected entitlement–such as my prescription with the pharmacy or my prepaid or credit-secured parking and bus passes.

SCALA Associate Director’s Letter

Dear Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) members and friends,

My definition of luck is, “when preparedness meets opportunity.” This is true for most us who have struggled or worked very hard to get where we are today. There is a lot of merit for those professionals who have foregone something in their lives to get prepared for their desired life’s goal. Many in our industry have amazed me with their stories of triumph that showed their level of commitment, drive, loyalty, and passion for our industry, all without public acknowledgement of their actions.

The word preparation means many things to many people. According to Wikipedia, “preparedness refers to the state of being prepared for specific or unpredictable events or situations. Preparedness is an important quality in achieving goals and in avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes.” All of us have seen the images of the Chilean miners trapped underground who were rescued by a team of well-prepared responders who had the necessary equipment, knowledge, experience, and creativity to make this tragedy into news of triumph. It was amazing to me how, in the midst of a crisis, the miners were able to bind together, not putting anyone’s needs before the others and showing a great deal of solidarity and unity. The miners’ goals were to ensure that everyone would get out of the mine, not just one, and that there was no room for desperation or individualism because it would have created chaos.

2011 Smart Card Alliance Annual Conference

Member Profile

This month Smart Card Talk spoke with Lolie Kull, who is with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services and supports the Global Identity Practice, Public Sector. She has extensive experience within the federal government and supporting federal government identity, credentialing and access management initiatives. Lolie’s first assignment after moving to HP was with the Veterans Administration as the deployment manager and physical access control coordinator.

During her tenure with the federal government, she was the Program Manager of the Department of Homeland Security’s HSPD-12 office and responsible for meeting the deadlines as defined by the HSPD-12 directive and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Lolie also served as the Program Manager for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Program from the end of the technology evaluation phase to the scheduled end of the prototype phase of the program.

Feature of the Month

Getting to Meaningful Use and Beyond: How Smart Card Technology Can Support Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

Healthcare is at a pivotal point in its evolution–one that has been faced by many other industries which have made the painful transition from a paper to a digital infrastructure. The speed at which healthcare is moving toward electronic medical records has been accelerated by government legislation and incentives, but this pace may also be its downfall. Healthcare data is a sensitive and highly personal collection of information that requires extraordinary protection. At the same time, in order to derive value from electronic health records, this information needs to be readily available to healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, and even patients and their families to positively impact care quality, accuracy and cost. This seeming dichotomy of purpose makes the effective use of electronic medical records very challenging.

However, the challenge is not simply the implementation of electronic health records, but meaningful use of them, which entails a host of additional requirements for new and existing technologies in the healthcare, security and information technology industries. The U.S. government’s Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA) has specific meaningful use criteria requiring all healthcare entities to use certifiable technology that has the ability to transform healthcare information into a standardized, electronic, accessible, readable and usable format. The criteria also require healthcare data to be kept confidential, private and secure, accurate, shareable with patients as well as providers, mobile and exchangeable, and readily available. Smart card technology and smart card-based systems can aid in meeting these requirements.

Upcoming CSCIP Training and Exam Dates

Visit /activities-leap for registration information.

CSCIP Training &
Exam Prep Course¹
CSCIP Exam City, State, Country
May 2, 2011
(CSCIP only)
May 5, 2011 Chicago, IL
(Smart Card Alliance Annual Conf)
June 2, 2011
(CSCIP/G only)
June 3, 2011 Gaithersburg, MD
(Washington DC area)
June 13, 2011
(CSCIP only)
June 15, 2011 Niagara Falls, Ontario CANADA²
(ACT Canada Cardware 2011)
June 22, 2011
(CSCIP only)
June 23, 2011 London, UNITED KINGDOM²
November 1, 2011
November 4, 2011 Washington, DC
(Smart Cards in Government Conf)
November 14, 2011
(CSCIP only)
November 16 or 17 Paris, FRANCE²
(Cartes & Identification 2011)
¹ This full day course is held from 9:00am–4:30pm at a location to be named in the city, state listed above. The cost for attending this course is $475 ($380 for members).
² International CSCIP training and exam pricing varies from standard pricing. Please contact [email protected] for further details.