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Babystep 7: Smartcards and Prescription Shopping

Smartcards can address Prescription Shopping, detecting this form of fraud at source, without compromising the privacy of innocent patients.

Health & welfare smartcards have special potential advantages for combating fraud, especially in offline environments where points of service are not connected to central mainframes. This paper looks at prescription shopping, and shows how smartcards can detect this problem at source, without having to transmit and centralise sensitive patient information for every single clinical encounter.