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What information is stored on a Smart Health Card?

Although the e-healthcare smart card stores different information in each country, there are many commonalities. Most include personal identification information, so you do not have to repetitively fill out forms. They also contain your social or private healthcare benefits, and can be PIN protected so you have control over who can access your health information.

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Mobile Contactless Payment

Mobile contactless payment usually refers to a new technology that is being tested that puts a software version of your credit card in your mobile phone and allows you to pay for things with it. These payment transactions are called "contactless" payments because they require no physical connection between the cell phone and the checkout payment terminal.
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What is a smart health card?

A smart health card uses technology that securely stores your personal health information.

A microprocessor chip is embedded into the card, making it a "smart" card. The security features inherent in smart card technology reduce or eliminate fraud, including medical identity theft. Some of the countries that are involved in initiatives utilizing smart health cards are Algeria, Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy Mexico, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom .

 

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Is my smart card still secure after years of use?

Smart cards remain secure no matter how long they are used. The computer inside a smart card can secure information stored inside, limit access only to authorized parties and encrypt (scramble) its communications with other devices.

If the smart card computer fails, the information stored in it remains safe because it can no longer be accessed. Smart cards are designed to work for years. Electronic passports for example, which include a secure contactless smart card inside, are issued for many years, sometimes 10 years or more.

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What is a smart card?

A smart card is credit card-sized piece of plastic that contains a small computer, or microprocessor, and its own data storage, processing power and software. Smart cards provide data portability, security and convenience and can be used for many different applications. The chip inside of your EMV credit or debit card is a smart card, for example.

Today, smart card technology is not just used in the shape of a card either. Sometimes it is inside something else, like a USB token, passport or cell phone. Smart cards have two different types of interfaces: contact and contactless.

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Is my smart card still secure after years of use?

Smart cards remain secure no matter how long they are used. The computer inside a smart card can secure information stored inside, limit access only to authorized parties and encrypt (scramble) its communications with other devices. If the smart card computer fails, the information stored in it remains safe because it can no longer be accessed. Smart cards are designed to work for years. Electronic passports for example, which include a secure contactless smart card inside, are issued for a useful life of ten years in the United States.
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Is the smart health card available only at the state and local level?

Several countries including France and Germany have national healthcare programs and issue smart card based health insurance cards to its citizens.  In the United States, there is no national program.  Patient identity cards are typically issued by your health insurance company, including the Medicare in your state, or by a hospital in your geographic region.
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How is the smart health card protected against fraud?

A smart health card securely stores your medical information. Smart cards offer two-factor authentication—something you have (your card) and something you know (your PIN to access the card).  The microprocessor chip incorporated into the card makes it a “smart” card enabling the secure storage of your personal health information.
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What if I lose my smart health card?

Smart cards are protected by a PIN or a biometric, typically a fingerprint.  If you lose your smart card, notify your health insurance company or the company who issued you the card.  They will deactivate your lost card and issue a new one to you.  Since the finder of your card requires knowledge of your PIN or even your fingerprint to access the information on the card, your information is safe.
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What is the benefit of having a smart health card?

A smart health card securely stores your medical information. Smart cards offer two-factor authentication—something you have (your card) and something you know (your PIN to access the card).  The microprocessor chip incorporated into the card makes it a “smart” card enabling the secure storage of your personal health information.
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