SMART cards for health are not exactly a novelty but the Prevencard to be launched in the UK next year uses some particularly smart technology.

Prevencard, which is being marketed by the Spanish company Grupo Prevencard International, is a commercial application of security research carried out under the EU's 5th Framework Programme for research.

This is a credit-card sized device which carries a person's full medical history in a magnetic strip, including details of illnesses, blood group, allergies etc. It can warn the holder ...

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