Secure Digital Card (SD Card)


Definition - What does Secure Digital Card (SD Card) mean?

Secure digital card, also called SD card, is a compact, electronic, portable device that houses microchip circuitry designed to upload, process, store, and transfer media content such as files, images, and applications. SD cards work with compatible technology including computers, cell phones, cameras, and certain medical diagnostic equipment fitted with SD slot inserts for ready access at the disposal of its user.

WorkplaceTesting explains Secure Digital Card (SD Card)

Many different types of SD cards contain ample memory capacity allowing individuals to compile a substantial database of information for their records. SD cards are a preferable medium for storing and retrieving vital documentation based on their durable quality to withstand accidental damage from repeated handling.

The medical field capitalizes on the use of SD cards to collect, monitor, and update patient records to ensure full compliance to current treatment methods. For instance, sleep apnea is a common issue that affects many people who experience persistent snoring and shortness of breath episodes, often leading to underlying primary health concerns, for instance, cardiovascular diseases. As a result, sleep technologists may use continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machines to regulate breathing patterns during sleep. However, many patients are reluctant to use a CPAP device due to varying complaints associated with mechanical settings. As a result, individuals tend to dismiss prescribed instructions by their doctor once they get home.

For these reasons, healthcare insurance companies will coordinate with sleep technologists in observing patient adherence to CPAP therapy use on a case-by-case basis. SD cards can be inserted into a CPAP machine, producing digital feedback on a visual display for easy reference. By using an SD card, this measure provides an incentive for patients to conform to CPAP therapy treatment to improve their quality of life and avoid out-of-pocket expenses from negligent care. Employers can also gain direct input via mutual contact with the sleep disability facility and/or insurance company in continued healthcare coverage for CPAP equipment.

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