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The nation’s largest-ever "smart card" pilot, designed to manage health information and simplify administration of North Dakota’s health and food benefits, has been unveiled by Gov. Edward T. Schafer.
The Health Passport Project, announced June 10, was to be rolled out over the next four months across three Western communities. It is designed to illustrate how electronic health cards can be used to improve information sharing and administrative efficiency among public and private health care providers.
Funded by federal health and nutrition agencies and other partners, it is the first effort by states to develop a multipurpose, standard smart card that can be used by many programs within a state and, eventually, across state lines. Siemens Information and Communication Networks of Boca Raton, FL, designed the trial project, and Open Domain of San Ramon, CA, is programming the smart cards.
The first application of the Health Passport will be focused initially on pregnant women, mothers, and children in the pilot communities enrolled in a number of public health programs.