eHealth terminal from SCM Microsystems approved for German eHealth card programme

Ismaning 24 September 2008SCM Microsystems Inc.'s eHealth200 BCS terminal has been approved by the gematik - the German health care organisation overseeing the implementation of Germany's eHealth card programme - based on the release certificate of the German Federal Office for Information Security BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnologie) and the confirmation of required electrical and physical product features by the TUViT (TUV Informationstechnik GmbH), a German inspection agency for IT Products and Services.

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Beginning in October, SCM's eHealth terminals will be available in significant volumes for general practitioners, pharmacists, hospitals and other health care providers - just in time for the start of the roll-out of the electronic health card, a programme that is expected to include up to 82 million German citizens.

"SCM Microsystems continues to demonstrate technology leadership in developing secure terminals for the electronic health card programme in Germany. We have continued to partner closely with gematik and the health care industry to develop and refine terminal specifications, ensuring that relevant medical data can be rapidly accessed while sensitive patient records are protected. Our eHealth200 BCS termimal is a device that also protects the investment of health care providers, as it addresses both current and future programme requirements", stated Dietmar Wendling, vice president eGovernment of SCM Microsystems.

The eHealth200 BCS terminal is an advanced version of SCM's eHealth100 terminal, which has been in wide use in field trials since 2006. It adheres to the "eHealth BCS" specifications of the gematik, which stipulate that the terminals must comply to the strict security requirements of the BSI.

Not only must the devices work in the initial, off-line environment within each health care facility, but they also must be firmware upgradable to operate within the planned "telematiks" structure that will eventually link all health care providers in Germany within a common network. This is a critical component of Germany's electronic health card programme, as additional and extended applications will be disseminated to health care providers through the telematiks network. SCM's eHealth200 BCS terminal can be used throughout all stages of implementation of the electronic health card in Germany, as the programme evolves and changes.

In addition to the health insurance card (KVK) currently used in Germany, the eHealth200 BCS also reads the soon-to-be-deployed electronic health card. Furthermore, the terminal works with the health professional card (HPC), which allows every professional in the health care sector to securely access and edit patient data; and the Secure Module Card (SMC) in ID-000 format for secure data communication.

Based on the agreement of German health insurance companies and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, purchases of the terminals will be subsidized for approved general practitioners and care providers.

SCM Microsystems is a provider of solutions that open the Digital World by enabling people to conveniently access digital content and services. The company develops, markets and sells the industry's broadest range of contact and contactless smart card reader technology for secure PC, payment systems, network and physical access, and digital media readers for transfer of digital content to OEM customers in the government, financial, enterprise, consumer electronics and photographic equipment markets worldwide. Global headquarters are in Ismaning, Germany. More company news can be found in the VMW February 2008 article e-Health card terminal from SCM Microsystems receives GEMATIK certification.


Leslie Versweyveld

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