Gemalto teams with AOK for second-generation eHealthcare card deployment
In March 2012, Gemalto announced that it is supporting AOK—Germany’s largest health insurance organization—in its deployment of highly secure, second-generation electronic health cards.
Operating in 11 regions throughout Germany, AOK insures 25 million out of the 72 million citizens currently covered by universal healthcare. AOK has entrusted Gemalto to locally deliver the entire eHealthcare card cycle, from production and personalization to packaging and fulfillment of each card. Certified BSI & Gematik, this generation of eHealthcare card will allow German authorities to provide improved quality of service, privacy and security to claimants. More than 2.5 million eHealth cards have been delivered at the end of 2011 and 15 million will be delivered in 2012..
Germany’s eHealthcare card replaces the five-year health insurance card used up to now. The first generation of smart cards had been introduced in 1993 to slash administrative costs.
At that time, all 280 health insurance companies in Germany used their own health insurance vouchers, which claimants had to complete by hand before going to the doctor .
Data stored on the
card include the insured
person’s name, date
of birth, gender and
address, as well as their
insurance number and
In 2013, over 60 million people should be in possession of the card.
On the front of the new Sealys electronic health card is a
portrait photograph of the insured person. It supports secure
authentication of the legitimate cardholder.
As the protection of sensitive health data is a top priority, privacy is regulated by law.
With the patient’s consent, additional personal data can be stored on the card, such as emergency data and medication, allergies or drug intolerance. In the future, the card will facilitate the exchange of medical information necessary for treatment. Its chief benefits include the prevention of redundant medical examinations by different doctors, as well as the online update of administrative data, saving time and money.