Smart Card Alliance to Host Webinar on Smart Health ID Cards

Smart Card Alliance to Host Webinar on Smart Health ID Cards

Princeton Junction, N.J., August 22, 2011–One of the most pressing questions in healthcare today: how do we correctly identify patients and ensure that they are who they say they are? A September webinar from the Smart Card Alliance Healthcare Council will address this question, and outline the use of smart card-based patient IDs as a solution.

The free educational webinar will take place Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. eastern time. It will focus on smart health ID cards for patients, with speakers reviewing the key challenges with patient identity management and authentication today, and discussing how patient ID cards and smart card technology can address the critical issues.

For more information and to register, please visit /activities-events-smart-health-id-cards-webinar.

Healthcare expert speakers for the web event include:

  • David N. Gans, MSHA, FACMPE, vice president, innovation and research, Medical Group Management Association
  • Rajiv Garg, president and chief executive officer, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
  • James J. James, MD, DrPH, MHA, director, Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Preparation, American Medical Association
  • Michael Magrath, CSCIP, director, business development for government and healthcare, Gemalto; and chair, Smart Card Alliance Healthcare Council
  • Randy Vanderhoof, executive director, Smart Card Alliance

“Accurate identification and authentication of patients is a real problem for hospitals, payers and providers,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “Webinar speakers will discuss and outline real use cases of how smart patient IDs can significantly improve administrative efficiency, revenue collection, legislative compliance and patient quality of care.”

Attendees can expect to learn about these topics and more:

  • Requirements for and benefits of patient ID cards
  • Challenges with patient identity management and authentication in healthcare and the role of smart health cards to address these challenges
  • Healthcare organization perspectives on the market need for and experience with smart patient health cards
  • Requirements for and benefits of a smart health security card for disasters and public health emergencies
  • Examples of smart health ID card programs, including the American Medical Association Health Security Card pilot and the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center medical smart cards

To learn more about healthcare security and identification, visit the Healthcare Council resources page, /smart-cards-applications-healthcare-identity.

About the Smart Card Alliance Healthcare Council

The Smart Card Alliance Healthcare Council brings together payers, providers, and technologists to promote the adoption of smart cards in U.S. healthcare organizations. The Healthcare Council provides a forum where all stakeholders can collaborate to educate the market on how smart cards can be used and to work on issues inhibiting the industry. Healthcare Council participation is open to any Smart Card Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.

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. For more information please visit