Corporation has received an order for 20,000 LaserCard
memory cards for use in the child healthcare “PandaCard” program in the
People’s Republic of China.
Drexler’s Chinese value-added reseller placed the order and informed the
Company that the LaserCard-based China child-healthcare service PandaCard has
been approved by the China Advisory Center for Child Health and Disease
The China Advisory Center had overseen an earlier pilot project of the child
healthcare card, which had been conducted for more than two years in Beijing.
The project has issued Drexler’s optical memory cards to the parents of some
two thousand young children for the storage and update of the children’s
clinical records. The approval by the Advisory Center reflects the favorable
evaluation of the pilot project by both the pediatricians and parents.
Shipment of the 20,000 PandaCards is scheduled to begin this quarter.
The Chinese VAR company said it hopes to expand the PandaCard program beyond
the initial 20,000 cards based upon its estimate of 3,000 urban child-health
clinics and 13 million newborns per year in urban areas.
According to the Chinese VAR company, the increasing affluence of urban
and the government limitation on family size have encouraged Chinese
think in terms of investing more in their child’s health. The VAR company also
indicated that families will pay an all-inclusive fee that will cover
health and developmental examinations for the first three years of life.
Included in the fee is the PandaCard, which will accumulate test- and checkup
data and be transportable from one clinic to another. The VAR also stated that
an important aspect of Child Health and Disease Control will be the collection
(from the card) of anonymous data that will be analyzed statistically by the
Advisory Center so that trends can be monitored and treatment and prevention
strategies can be adapted to emerging needs.
Drexler Technology Corporation
develops and manufactures LaserCard(R) optical memory cards and chip-ready
Smart/Optical(TM) cards — a combination of optical memory card and smart
Drexler Technology and its wholly owned subsidiary, LaserCard Systems
Corporation, are based in Mountain View, where Drexler manufactures optical
memory cards and LaserCard Systems manufactures optical card read/write
develops optical card system software, and markets card-related data systems