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HEALTH/TECH TERM - SMART CARD

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Smart Card

Definition: An electronic device about theTechTerm_Image 2008.png size of a credit card that contains electronic memory and, increasingly, an embedded microchip.

The cards are used to store data-in a health care context, this is often personal health information.

The data can be accessed using a smart card reader: a device into which the card is inserted. Smart cards are not the same as magnetic stripe cards, such as most credit cards; smart cards typically can store more information.


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