Gemalto to issue an additional 15 million eHealth cards in 2012 for AOK insurees
Germany’s largest health insurance fund to receive new batch of second-generation microprocessor cards
Amsterdam, March 20, 2012–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, will issue an additional 15 million second-generation eHealth cards (“eGK”, elektronische Gesundheitskarte) to AOK in 2012. AOK (“Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse”), the Health Insurance Fund, looks after around 25 million people, approximately one third of the population in Germany. Last year alone Gemalto issued two and a half million health cards for the German National Health Insurance Scheme. In the joint, large-scale project, Gemalto is responsible for the entire card production process for Germany’s largest health insurance company. From production and personalization through to fulfillment services, Gemalto is demonstrating its excellence in operation.
The new Sealys eHealth card features a portrait photo of the insured person on the front. Together with the secure authentication function of the operating system, this enhances the legitimacy of the rightful cardholder and further reduces fraud. In addition, the card shall in future enable secure access to an online patient file and store electronic prescriptions. With the holder’s consent, additional personal information can be stored on the card, including emergency data such as allergies or drug intolerance. When using the services and added-value applications offered, insurees benefit from the card certified by the BSI¹ and Gematik².
“Our goal is to continue increasing efficiency, quality and transparency for the medical service provided to our insurees,” said Mirko Weißbach, Project Manager Telematics at AOK Bundesverband. “The eGK and the creation of the telematics infrastructure is another important step in this direction. In 2011, Gemalto managed to issue the cards as required by law in a very short period of time. We do appreciate this fruitful collaboration.”
“Germany is leading the world in the development of eHealth cards,” added Andreas Lösch, Vice-President, Gemalto. “With the new eGK card we are fulfilling a requirement for a secure online connection between users and their health insurance company. This is a key move towards e-services.”
The provision of the AOK card and associated services further strengthens Gemalto’s position in the healthcare sector, with eHealthcare projects in eleven nationwide programs including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Gabon, Mexico and Slovenia.
¹BSI: The “Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik” (Federal Office for Information Security) is an independent and neutral body for questions relating to IT security in the information society.
²Gematik: The “Gesellschaft für Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte mbH” was established specifically for the introduction of eHealth cards and covers many tasks in the implementation of the telematics infrastructure. For this project, Gematik is focused on its core competencies: design, approval and operational responsibility.
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The project launched by the German government includes 80 million insured members, 350,000 physicians and dentists, 2,000 hospitals and 22,000 pharmacies. The German health service is decentralized, with some 150 different health insurance companies, each with their own infrastructure. Around 90 percent of the population is covered by a state health insurance and the remaining 10 percent by a private health insurance. Previously, the health insurance card needed to be replaced every time there was a change in the insuree’s data. In the future, with the new eGK card, the required telematics infrastructure will enable the data stored on the card to be updated without replacing the card. With the new system supported by microprocessor cards, data updates could be carried out at any time.
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