Smart Card Alliance Forms Healthcare Council to Address Rising Use of Smart Cards in Health Industries

Smart Card Alliance Forms Healthcare Council to Address Rising Use of Smart Cards in Health Industries

Princeton Junction, NJ, June 29, 2005–The Smart Card Alliance has formed a Healthcare Council to bring together payers, providers and technologists to promote the adoption of smart cards in U.S. healthcare organizations. Smart card technology is increasingly being used in healthcare applications to enable secure access to patient information to improve both care-giving and administration.

“Smart card technology holds great promise for the healthcare industry,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “The Healthcare Council provides a forum where all the stakeholders can collaborate to educate the market on the how smart cards can be used and to work on issues inhibiting the industry.”

Dr. Paul Davis, Council co-chair and CEO of Uniliance Health, outlined the priorities for the Council. “There are numerous initiatives around the world using smart cards for a variety of secure healthcare applications. One of the group’s initial projects will be to examine current implementations and describe the benefits and best practices for smart card deployment in various healthcare environments.”

“Smart cards can play an important role in the implementation of privacy-sensitive access to secure personal health information, support safer patient care and help reduce the overall costs associated with the delivery of that care,” said Frank Avignone, Council co-chair and business development manager for Healthmeans.

The Council will also seek partnerships with standards-setting groups such as HL7 and other organizations whose mission it is to achieve common standards for electronic medical records.

The Healthcare Council will be managed by a steering committee made up of participants from across the healthcare and smart card industry. Current members include:

  • David Asay, IBM
  • Frank Avignone, Healthmeans–Council co-chair
  • Linda Brown, Infineon Technologies
  • Michael Cariou, Oberthur Card Systems
  • Bob Coogan, Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Paul Davis, Uniliance Health–Council co-chair
  • Jeffrey Ross, Gemplus
  • Greg Thornton, Competech Smart Card Solutions
  • Terry Zagar, Northrop Grumman

The Healthcare Council is one of several Smart Card Alliance Technology and Industry Councils, a new type of focused group within the overall structure of the Alliance. These councils have been created to foster increased industry collaboration within a specified industry or market segment and produce tangible results, speeding smart card adoption and industry growth. A Transportation Council and Physical Access Council were formed in recent months.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.