Health Card streamlines access to patient information.

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Utilizing smart card or chip card technology, LifeMed Card contains patient data that includes basic demographic data, insurance information, emergency information, allergies, medical conditions, and recent prescriptions. Information is uploaded by patients through hospital's web site and securely encrypted onto Smart card. Use of card eliminates repetitive filling of forms and helps first responders gather important medical data even when patient can't respond.



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S.M.A.R.T. Association Announces Its Commercial Release of LifeMed Card Program



ROSEVILLE, Calif., May 30 -- Today, S.M.A.R.T. Association, Inc., unveiled its highly anticipated Smart card program called LifeMed Card. The LifeMed Card utilizes Smart card, or chip card technology as its basis.

David W. Batchelor, CEO of SMART commented, "We have been investigating and developing Smart card applications for nearly five years. The market is finally ready to embrace Smart cards as a way to streamline access to patient information, to give ownership of medical data to the patient, and to ease the administrative pains between patient and provider. We all know how time consuming it is for a patient to have to fill out the same medical forms time and time again. With our LifeMed Card program, not only can a patient get admitted or checked-in faster, first responders like ambulances and EMT's have the ability to gather important medical data -- even when a patient can't respond. That's more than efficient: that's life saving."

An Evolution

Over the past 15 years, there has been a tremendous technological growth in the healthcare industry. Not just in the diagnostic and treatment side, but also in the administrative and patient loyalty side. S.M.A.R.T. Association has been on the forefront of technology for membership marketing, being the first company to offer web-assisted membership services to hospitals. Now, S.M.A.R.T. has taken the next step in technology evolution by bringing a useful, economically viable Smart card-based solution to the membership marketing aspect of healthcare.

The Program

The LifeMed Card program takes the best from the web and marries it with the portability and security of off-line systems. The program has several components that all work together to save time for the patient, reduce costly errors for the hospital or physician, and enhance the overall experience. Patient data includes basic demographic data, insurance information, emergency information, allergies, medical conditions, and recent prescriptions. Information is uploaded by patients through the hospital's web site and securely encrypted onto a Smart card. When patients come to the hospital, they present the Smart card. The Smart card information, which can be updated, is then accessed by a hospital's admissions unit and matched to the hospital's data management software. Kiosks at the hospital also allow a patient to pre-register using data stored on the Smart card to populate standardized patient forms. Additionally, ambulances and EMT's will have portable readers that can view the patient's Smart card data in emergency situations, providing richer and more accurate information.

About S.M.A.R.T. Association

S.M.A.R.T. Association, Inc. develops and enhances permission-based marketing systems and operations for healthcare providers. Healthcare providers partner with SMART to help leverage their privacy compliance activities to create a uniform service recovery tool and build a marketing asset. SMART brings strategies to providers that assist them in growing revenues and building relationships in their community while helping meet current patient privacy concerns and the requirements of the law. Please visit out website at http://www.smartassociation.com/.

Source: S.M.A.R.T. Association, Inc.

CONTACT:

Dale Grogan of S.M.A.R.T. Association, Inc.,

+1-916-677-8400, ext. 315

Web site: http://www.smartassociation.com/

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