Smart cards are expensive and easily damaged

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6986.1066c (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1066
  1. Rupert Fawdry
  1. Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes MK5 6LD

    EDITOR,—James Owen Drife suggests that the pregnancy health record “Combined with a ‘smart card’ …could provide good pregnancy based data.”1 Those who have suffered in the struggle to domesticate the awesome power of the computer chip eventually learn, too often the hard way, three important things. (1) Always keep the master version in the safest place and ensure that it is frequently and regularly backed up. (2) Too often the expensive hardware of …

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