March 15, 2010 11:13 ET

Improved Technology Advances Healthcare Efficiencies

Electronic Medical Records and Smart Cards Increase Accuracy

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - Access to a patient's complete medical history on paper is a growing concern for healthcare practitioners, and the Obama Administration. As part of the healthcare reform legislation, President Obama is urging the industry to adopt electronic medical records. This form of record keeping is seen as a way to prevent inaccurate medical records.

In addition to improving patient safety, electronic medical records will also improve efficiencies. The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation recently found that electronic medical records are estimated to improve efficiency by 6% per year.

Beyond just the adoption of electronic records, Michael Magrath, business development director for the security division of Gemalto North America, in a post for asserts that it is now time for public and private insurers to develop chip-based, smart card electronic patient identity credentials. According to Magrath, these cards offer a secure method of storing basic health information on the card like immunizations, allergies, blood type, emergency contact info, etc.

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About Gemalto

Gemalto is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of EUR 1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work -- anytime, anywhere -- has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto's software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years. For more information please visit

About Michael Magrath

Michael Magrath, business development director for the security division of Gemalto North America, is responsible for the strategic marketing, business development and government affairs activities in the government and healthcare sectors. Mr. Magrath develops and drives consensus on legislation and policy within technology, information security, privacy, and additional security-related public policy issues. In addition to supporting Gemalto's business and policy initiatives, Mr. Magrath is committed to consumer education and advocacy through Gemalto's online resource, which provides answers to consumer questions about how to better enjoy the conveniences of the digital world. He serves as vice chairman of the Smart Card Alliance's Healthcare Council and represents Gemalto on TechAmerica's Health IT Committee, the Health Record Banking Alliance, The Secure ID Coalition and TechAmerica's Information Security Committee. Mr. Magrath is also a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is a Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP)

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