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Application of an optical memory card as a portable medical record
Author(s): Eric W. Bouldin; Richard M. Haddock
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Paper Abstract

The optical memory card manufactured and marketed by Drexier Technology Corporation under the LaserCard®trademark, is a credit card-sized optical data storage device presently configured to hold up to 4.11 Mbytes of WORM (Write Once Read Many) data. The availability of a portable storage medium with this data capacity has stirred the interest of applications developers in such diverse fields as security access/ID, database publishing and distribution, vehicle maintenance logs and consumer electronic coupons. The application of the LaserCard as a portable, personal medical record is currently the most fully developed and as such is being evaluated in numerous field trials worldwide. Before describing some of these field trials, it is worthwhile to discuss several contributing factors that have made these field trials possible. These factors include, 1) evolution of a manufacturing facility of high-quality LaserCards, 2) availability of production-level read/write drives from several sources, 3) emergence of standards for optical memory cards and read/write drives, and 4) perceived value of a portable medical record in the medical care field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1248, Storage and Retrieval Systems and Applications, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19650
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Eric W. Bouldin, Drexler Technology Corp. (United States)
Richard M. Haddock, Drexler Technology Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1248:
Storage and Retrieval Systems and Applications
David H. Davies; Han-Ping D. Shieh, Editor(s)

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