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Medicine in Uniform
December 22/29, 1999

Tagging/Carding Medical Data

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JAMA. 1999;282(24):2292. doi:10.1001/jama.282.24.2292

Forget those bulky medical file folders. Early in the century ahead, at least for US military personnel, medical records may be carried on a necklace in a modification of the GI dog tag and/or on a smart card. Both approaches are part of a study beginning this month and continuing through February.

This proposed computer-era dog tag, called a personal information carrier (PIC), provides eight megabytes of data. When coupled with a small-sleeve adapter, the PIC allows reading or updating of medical data through most computers, from desktop models in hospitals to handheld or laptop models in field medical units.

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