Smart cards will allow each one of us to carry around our own health care information in our wallet or purse.
The smart card has been around for a few decades and is in wide use in Germany, France, Taiwan and several other countries. Biometrics and other security measures have been developed to comply with patient privacy regulations. The VA is using asmart card system successfully. Other health smart card companies have begun to compete for this potentially large market.
There are state wide and even nation wide efforts to have registries for advance directives and POLST forms in order to make them available on an emergent basis. But we are a mobile society. Individual state registries become redundant, expensive, and hard to maintain. Oregon has the most advanced state registry but that is just one state. Smart cards will allow each one of us to carry around our own health care information in our wallet or purse. Privacy can be protected with use of a thumbprint. Secure readers can be portable.