Andel, C., Davidow, S. L., Hollander, M., & Moreno, D. A. (2012). The economics of health care quality and medical errors. Journal of Healthcare Finance, 31(1), Retrieved from http://www.mediregs.com/economics_of_quality_care
This article discusses the enormous problem the United States health care system has with medical errors and the amount of suffering and money that it is costing the United States citizens every year. It provides a variety of good financial statistics with respect to the high costs that are resulting from errors due to allergic reactions to medications, or even to other medical errors that people fall victim to while in hospitals and clinics. Lastly, it discusses different ways to combat the issue of medical errors and how these approaches would lead to dramatic health care savings. The information on medication errors will be useful when discussing the serious problem that medical smart cards will address in our current health care system. These dramatic statistics will provide a good base for why the smart card proposal is a worthy undertaking. The articles seems to fully address the financial aspect of medical problems from several angles and it seems to be from a trustworthy peer-reviewed journal.
Aubert, B. A., & Hamel, G. (2001). Adoption of smart cards in the medical sector:: the Canadian experience. Social Science & Medicine, 53(7), 879–894. doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(00)00388-9
This journal article discusses the factors that come into play when determining whether or not the citizens of a country, as well as all of the health care professionals in that country will adopt the smart card technology into their current health care system. It provides a look at a large pilot smart card study performed in Canada in the year 2000 which allowed for over 7000 patients to voluntarily receive and use smart cards when going to visit the doctor over a one year period. The results demonstrated that most patients and physicians thought highly of the smart cards and would be willing to adopt a nation-wide system. This will provide beneficial information for my proposal as it shows a large amount of positive feedback, as very few complaints were provided during a trial run of medical smart cards in Canada. Overall, the articles seems reliable as it is from a peer-reviewed journal and the authors did a good job of analyzing all of the patient and physician data that they received to demonstrate an overall positive outlook on medical smart card use.
Hsu, M.-H., Yeh, Y.-T., Chen, C.-Y., Liu, C.-H., & Liu, C.-T. (2011). Online detection of potential duplicate medications and changes of physician behavior for outpatients visiting multiple hospitals using national health insurance smart cards in Taiwan. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80(3), 181–189. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2010.11.003
This article provides and in-depth look at what types of information the medical smart cards used in Taiwan can provide to health care...