Information from the health care sector
demands security and
portability. The fundamental concept of medical
data emphasizes this particular characteristic and
requires more appropriate ways of dealing and
handling medical data. The proposed smart card
pilot project  describes the development of a
alternative for the whole health care infrastructure.
The aim of this project is to deliver a system which
would be secure, reliable and simple to use. The
essential idea is based on smart cards, being used
for authentication, secure data interchange and will
feature the use of a smart card carried by the
patient, as well as health care provider databases
and software to read and write to the smart cards,
and to read and write to a web database.
— Authentication, Biometrics,
Encryption, Smart Card
AT IS A SMART CARD
Smart card refers to a plastic card with a chip
that holds an embedded microprocessor and a
Manuscript received December 4, 2006. This work was supported by Dr.
Frank Hadlock, Dept. of Computer Science, Tennessee Tech University,
Dr. Frank Hadlock, Senior Professor is with Department of Computer
Science, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN-38505, USA. Phone:
931- 372-3687; (e-mail: email@example.com). His research interests include
Clinical Information Management, Design and Visualization of Algorithms,
Language Understanding and Translation.
Chandra Sekhar Jamalpur is a Graduate Student of Department of
Computer Science, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN-38505, USA.
Phone: 931-349-8485; (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
data storage unit. It is having a size of ordinary
electrical contacts for drawing power and for
communicating with external devices. We can
use these cards to store some sensible data,
which can be protected by the user with his
PIN’, finger print (biometrics).
A Smart Card can be defined as “A plastic card,
usually similar in size and shape to a credit
card, containing a microprocessor and memory
(which allows it to store and process data) and
complying with ISO 7816 standard” .
One of the most important qualities of a smart
card is the capability to protect data stored on
manipulation. A COS controls the interface for
transferring data between the smart card and a
cryptographic algorithms and security protocols
confidential data can be stored on the card in a
way that prevents it from being read from the