Using RFID to store medical records, ultimately making the jobs of paramedics and doctors that much easier, is hardly a new concept.
But, for the most part, such devices have been limited to clinical trials.
Asahi Kasei Corp. is hoping to change that with the debut of a tiny, 3cm-square charm that can be read by a computer or smartphone.
In addition to basic info, such as name, birth date, and blood type, the chip could transmit links to more storage-intensive data like X-rays images.
Instead of building out a proprietary system, the company is relying on established technology called FeliCafrom Sony.
That means the device will enjoy broad compatibility with existing products, and should be inexpensive to produce.
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