Healthcare Solutions (Pty) Ltd and OTI Africa announced a Pilot Project
for the introduction of OTI Africa’s Medical Management Application utilising
OTI’s EYECON dual interface (contact and contactless) smart card platform.
The pilot will be implemented in two phases commencing Q2, 2001, with
phase one involving pharmacies, followed by general practitioner (GP)
practices in phase two, anticipated in the third quarter.
MediKredit Integrated Healthcare Solutions (Pty) Ltd, a technology and
management company has a proven track record of 30 years in the pharmaceutical
industry and over 8 years business-to-business e-commerce experience. Through
its HealthNet Superior Technology, (HealthNet ST) it offers, speed, accuracy
and reliability via on-line real time claims processing of prescriptions in
Pharmacies and Dispensing GP practices. MediKredit currently manages in excess
of 3.4 million lives privately insured lives in South Africa. Used by over 95%
of pharmacies, it processes more than 60,000 on-line real-time transactions
per day. Contracted administrators include; Newmed, Sanlam Health, Bestmed,
Liberty Healthcare, Discovery Health, Old Mutual Health, CAMAF, Protector
Health, Multimed Administrators and Sovereign Health.
The MediKredit product differs from other competitor healthcare data
carriers in that it processes claims on a real-time basis. Claims are checked
and processed immediately by MediKredit utilising continuous availability
technology, the Stratus, whilst corrections are communicated back to the point
of service in seconds. Other on-line advantages for funders include MMAP
adjudication, price checking, upfront rejections, assured claim processing for
certain schemes, consistent application of scheme rules, data integrity and
pricing validation as per agreements between medical schemes and providers.
On provider level advantages include the reduction of payment turnaround,
claim logging and recording of claim submission dates and the reduction of
paperwork which results in reduced risk and improved cash flow.
“The decision to utilise the OTI technology was taken after a review of
available smart card platforms. The complex cryptography that the OTI
solution utilises satisfies the security requirements for Healthcare cards,”
says Ms. Wimpie du Plessis, CEO of MediKredit.
OTI’s EYECON technology is a microprocessor-based solution, which provides
customers with a multi-application platform with a full operating system on
board. OTI is the only company that can offer a field-tested combination card
where contact and contactless features use the same microprocessor and share
the same operating system. Regardless of whether the communication is contact
or contactless, the same microprocessor is activated, preserving data
integrity and security. The ability to alter the functionality of the card
through remote software updates enhances the flexibility of the card as an
e-commerce or mobile computing platform.
“In introducing the OTI Medical Management application the patient will be
authenticated by way of an off-line verification of the biometric information
stored on the card against the relevant biometric information of the holder of
the card. Moreover, the benefits to which the patient is entitled will be
verified without the need to go on-line. The implementation of smart card
technology will ensure that risks are reduced in a cost effective manner at
service provider level,” said Dr. Henry Muller, the Marketing Manager for OTI
Africa’s medical management application.
“This Agreement with MediKredit signifies a major breakthrough for OTI
Africa in the medical sector. We are confident that the EYECON technology
will deliver the business objectives and will place OTI Africa firmly on the
map not only as a provider of leading edge technology, but as a solution
provider. OTI Africa is in the process of developing business models which
will serve to illustrate the benefits of utilising a multi-application
platform through the introduction of marketing alliances between key players
in vertical markets,” said Charlotte Hambly-Nuss, Managing Director of OTI
Established in 1990, OTI (On Track Innovations) designs and develops
contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of
a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product
solutions for mass transit, parking, gas management systems, loyalty schemes,
ID and secure campuses. OTI has regional offices in the US, Europe, Asia
Pacific, and Africa to market and support its products. The company was
awarded the prestigious ESCAT Award for smart card innovation in both 1998 and
2000. Visit OTI on the Internet at http//www.oti.co.il.
OTI Africa, a subsidiary of OTI Limited, is responsible for the
distribution, installation and maintenance of OTI’s products and technology in
the African market. Users of the OTI technology have access to an experienced
and professional management team who lead and guide dedicated functions in
sales, marketing, installation, technical, development and support services.