All systems go for German eHealth
Germany is set to begin distributing its new eHealth cards country-wide from 1 October 2011.
Morpho (Safran group) says it is the first manufacturer to have received official approval to produce the card by Gesellschaft für Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte (gematik) – the German association for telematics applications for the eHealth card.
The new eHealth card, known as ‘Generation 1plus’, is already suited for future online use and has high-security encryption functions.
According to Morpho, by the end of 2011, 10% of all insured people will receive the new card.
The company reports that one in three people in Germany insured under a statutory health insurance program will receive an eHealth card produced at its production facility in Flintbek, making the company one of the market leaders in terms of the total volume of eHealth cards.
“We are pleased to be the first company to have received full approval for our Generation 1plus eHealth card which will be ready for the launch of distribution. At the same time, we are sure the initial rollout will pave the way for a full rollout in 2012 and in subsequent years,” says Christopher Goulet, head of Sales for Central and Eastern Europe, Payment and ID Documents at Morpho, e-Documents Division.