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Oberthur Technologies and Smart Association Team up to Provide Smart Card-Centric ID Solution to Patients in New York
May 21, 2010 (07:05 AM EDT)


CHANTILLY, Virginia, May 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oberthur Technologies, a global leader in the delivery of high security solutions and the #1 provider of smart credentials to the U.S. Federal government, has teamed up with one of healthcare's leading smart card software providers, SMART Association Inc., to offer a powerful, proven and secure, physical and logical access smart card-based admissions solution to hospitals and clinics throughout North America. The first of these solutions assists patients at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

The Brooklyn NY.-based, 305 bed teaching hospital, which offers emergency care as well as outpatient services to more than 75,000 visitors annually, needed a way to speed up patient registration and assist in providing accurate, updated admissions information. "We are constantly looking for ways to make the patient experience a positive one," said Rajiv Garg Wyckoff's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Offering an easier way to see their doctor is just the tip of the iceberg- being able to quickly verify the patient's identity and provide error-proof registration in seconds is the real benefit."

Oberthur Technologies will provide Wyckoff enrollment work stations and its Personal Identification Verification (PIV)-based, ID-One(TM) Cosmo smart card, the same card used by millions of Americans to secure their personal identifiable information. "We're providing Wyckoff a proven, interoperable, non proprietary platform on which to build a patient centric, Health-IT infrastructure," said Patrick W. Hearn, Oberthur's VP of Government and Identification Markets - America's. "Teaming up with Smart Association allows Oberthur to offer an end-to-end solution that utilizes our standards-driven tools with an intuitive patient admissions software program. It will now allow Health care institutions to provide the proper level of authentication to protect patient privacy."

SMART Association's patient admissions and identity software, LifeMed(TM), will allow Wyckoff admissions staff to securely identify and authenticate the patient and the data on the card. "LifeMed streamlines the patient admissions process and connects the patient's smart card instantly to external data sources such as clinicians EMRs, HIEs, etc., creating a comprehensive medical record, providing a more accurate and up-to-date patient record," said David Batchelor, CEO of Smart Association. "By utilizing LifeMed software with Oberthur Technologies, our clients increase administrative efficiencies and patient satisfaction by allowing them to carry and securely transmit their personal medical information on a proven smart card. In addition, organizations that have used LifeMed have seen a return on investment within 8-16 months of installation by reducing duplicate records, record errors, medical fraud, admissions paper and other administrative costs."

Cards will start being issued to Wyckoff patients second quarter of 2010.

About Smart Association

For over 19 years, Smart Association has been leading provider of Consumer Relationship Marketing services, and is now a leading software provider for patient smart card solutions within healthcare. The Company's LifeMed(TM) Patient Smart Card Platform uses smart cards, plug and play readers and kiosks to streamline patient admissions, connect previously unconnected providers' medical information systems creating a "best medical record," and makes the entire non-medical aspect of patient healthcare delivery a less burdensome process. One card identity and multiple touch point solutions. Learn more at http://www.smartassociation.com

About Oberthur Technologies

With sales of 905 million Euros in 2009, Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies. Innovation and excellence ensure Oberthur Technologies' strong positioning in its main target markets:

    - Card Systems: The world's second largest provider of security
      and identification based on smart card technology and associated
      services for mobile, payment, transport, digital TV and convergence
      markets.
    - Identity: Leading international supplier for the manufacture and
      personalization of secure identity documents such as passport, identity
      card, driving license or health care card - traditional and
      electronic - and associated services for both governmental and
      corporate markets.
    - Security printing: A key player in the secure printing industry
      specialized in the production of banknotes, checks and other security
      documents in more than fifty countries.
    - Cash protection: World leader in the emerging market of intelligent
      systems to secure cash-in-transit and ATM.

Close to its customers, Oberthur Technologies benefits from an industrial and commercial presence across all five continents.

Oberthur Technologies S.A. is a limited liability company (societe anonyme) registered in France with its registered office at 50 quai Michelet 92 532 Levallois Perret, France. Oberthur Technologies S.A.'s corporate registration number is 340 709 534 R.C.S. Paris.

Website: http://www.oberthur.com

SOURCE Oberthur Technologies