ORGA, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of smart card systems, is taking part in the Sesam Vitale project being organized by the French Ministry of Health. By the start of next year, the company will, through an agreement with Bull, have begun supplying some 8 million microprocessor-based smart cards to insured persons involved in the project. The smart cards will be personalized in France by one of the partners of ORGA and Bull.
The first phase of the Sesam Vitale project due to start in 1998 will see selected families provided with “smart” health insurance cards which aim both to speed up and simplify data flows, including the capture of services data, billing, and reimbursement within the French health system. A read/write device in conjunction with the patient’s card will enable services rendered to be entered immediately each time a patient visits the doctor, then forwarded electronically to the respective health authority and insurer in the form of a set of encrypted data records. These organizations can then reimburse patients their share of the costs directly.
This procedure should render hand-written bills and prescriptions, along with time-consuming administrative transactions obsolete, while reducing processing times and cutting costs. The issuing of Sesam Vitale cards to all insured persons is already planned for the second phase of the project due to begin in 1999. Equipped with increased storage capabilities, these cards will be able to record a patient’s medical history and thus help enhance the quality of the service provided.
France will become one of the first countries in the world to introduce smart cards for its health insurance system across the board. The French concept will see the first fully automatic system based on microcontroller cards implemented for practical everyday use. According to Dr. Heiner Gronewald, head of ORGA’s Health Insurance business, “ORGA has always played a pioneering role in smart card development; Sesam Vitale will give the smart card a major boost in the health insurance field, and we are pleased that our participation in the project led by Bull again underlines our status as a technological leader in this sector.”
ORGA USA is the North American subsidiary of ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH Germany, one of the world’s leading developers and suppliers of microprocessor-based smart card technology, with more then 550 employees worldwide. ORGA offers turnkey solutions for health care, banking, telecommunications and other emerging markets. The company’s capabilities include quality card manufacturing, full system integration and project management.Details