IDEMIA will be facilitating the digital transformation of the German healthcare system. To that end, the company will be providing the country with three different kinds of smart cards that will make it easier for people to gain access to quality medical care.
The cards in question are the HBA, the SMCB, and the eGK, all of which are part of IDEMIA’s generation 2.1 health card portfolio. The cards offer NFC capabilities, and have received formal approval from Gematik, which is the health telematics organization that oversees Germanys healthcare industry.
Each card is intended for a different party within the German healthcare system. The HBA will be distributed to doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals, while the SMCB is geared towards medical organizations like hospitals and clinics. Finally, the eGK is a customer-facing electronic health card that will be distributed to people with health insurance.
Gematik is hoping that the new cards will make Germany’s healthcare system more efficient. The cards will allow patients and medical professionals to conduct more of their business electronically, whether they are individuals trying to gain access to medical services or doctors trying to write prescriptions or gain access to various professional applications.
In other news, IDEMIA has signed a four-year contract with Germany’s Bundesdruckerei that will make the company the official provider of smart card technology for the country. The Bundesdruckerei is Germany’s national printing house, and will be responsible for personalizing and issuing individual cards using cards and software components from IDEMIA.
IDEMIA has already shipped more than 70 million eGK cards over the course of the past nine years, and has more than 20 customers in the healthcare sector. The company has previously discussed the need for mobile identity technology in the healthcare industry, and recently advocated for the use of digital IDs in the public sector at large.