DataCard Corporation debuted four new software-driven healthcare solutions Monday at the 1998 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.
Woody Frost, general manager of the newly formed DataCard Healthcare Solutions Group, said the company’s SmartSeriesâ¢ healthcare solutions will allow healthcare providers to offer patients measurable improvements in convenience, privacy and choice.
“We’ve designed these new solutions to make every patient-provider interaction faster, more accurate and more satisfying for healthcare consumers,” Frost said. “And that inevitably leads to stronger patient loyalty.”
“But just as important, our solutions will help healthcare providers reduce costs, boost productivity and shorten reimbursement cycles,” Frost added. “So, they can achieve the seemingly incompatible goals of improved patient care and greater profitability.”
SmartReg greatly simplifies patient registration
The new DataCard® SmartRegâ¢ patient registration solutions bring speed, accuracy and dignity to the admitting process, according to Frost.
“Instead of asking patients to complete long forms, healthcare providers can simply insert a patient ID card into a reader to complete the registration transaction and verify eligibility automatically,” Frost said. “It’s much more pleasant for patients and more cost-effective for providers.”
In most cases, the card Frost refers to will be a smart cardâa plastic patient ID card with an embedded microchip that stores critical patient information.
“Most people gravitate to smart cards, because it’s an exciting, new technology with tremendous potential,” Frost said. “But we also offer solutions built around magnetic stripes, bar codes and biometrics. So, we can satisfy the needs and preferences of almost any healthcare facility.”
SmartRec lets patients carry portable medical information
The new DataCard® SmartRecâ¢ portable patient information solutions are designed to provide accurate, up-to-date information at the point of care. Patients will be able to carry critical medical information on a personalized smart card, which can be read anywhere they go for serviceâincluding hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and ambulances.
“This portable patient information will allow healthcare providers to improve the quality of care and make patients feel more comfortable and more confident with their services,” Frost said.
“For example, a clinician can insert this card into a reader and quickly determine a patient’s allergiesâor review their current medication profile,” Frost said. “It’s a win-win situation. The patient knows the provider understands their specific needs and the provider has accurate information, which leads to fewer mistakes, fewer delays and greater patient satisfaction.”
SmartCharge automates payment and eligibility processes
The new DataCard® SmartChargeâ¢ payment and eligibility solutions simplify complex and costly tasks, such as eligibility verification, co-pays and fee collection. Patients simply insert insurance or identification cards into a reader to verify eligibilityâ and they insert credit or debit cards to cover co-pays and other fees after services are provided.
“This gives patients more payment options and helps reduce the risk of fraud for the provider,” Frost said. “But most important, it can dramatically shorten reimbursement cycles and help the provider create a healthier cash flow.”
SmartPass improves medical record security
Most healthcare facilities control access to medical records with passwords. But that may not be good enough, especially in light of emerging state and federal legislation, according to Frost.
“Doctors and nurses usually have to remember many passwords, which change from time to time. Many of them have to write their passwords down to remember themâand that greatly compromises the security of medical records,” Frost said.
The new DataCard® SmartPassâ¢ secure access solutions use biometrics and smart card technology to solve those security issues and make access even easier for authorized users.
“Instead of multiple passwords, authorized users can access medical records through fingerprint recognition,” Frost said. “The process is much simpler, much more convenient and far more secure than password-based systems.”
DataCard Corporation, a privately held company based in Minneapolis, Minn., provides customers around the world with fully integrated solutions for a variety of healthcare, financial and identification applications. In addition to turnkey solutions, the company offers complete lines of digital photo ID systems and printers, card personalization systems and transaction systems. ([www.datacard.com])