Government-run hospitals in Kerala, India, will replace conventional paper reports with smart cards to store patient information.

The smart cards, which are being introduced across 19 hospitals, consist of a microchip that stores details of diagnosis, treatments and prescribed drugs.

Doctors will have instant access to patient history by swiping the card in a card reader, IT technology provider Keltron said.

The cards will be distributed to patients free-of-charge in hospital OP wings and casualty departments.

Keltron will install the systems with India’s National Rural Health Mission providing the funding.