SCM Microsystems Introduces New Mobile Terminal for the German Electronic Health Card
The eHealth500 mobile terminal allows physicians and physiotherapists toaccess patient insurance and medical data during home visits, in nursing homesand retirement homes, as well as in emergency situations within or outside ofhospitals. The terminals are able to read both the health insurance cardscurrently in use in Germany as well as the new electronic cards scheduled tobe issued to 82 million German citizens beginning later this year. The devicescan also read the health professional cards (HPC) issued to authenticatedoctors and other health professionals, which, when inserted, allow doctors toaccess emergency information that may be stored on patients' electronic healthcards and to temporarily store case notes for later transfer to their officenetworks. These mobile functions complement the desktop terminals that areexpected to be installed in every physician's office, pharmacy, clinic andhospital.
"Based on an existing hardware platform, the eHealth500 mobile has beenespecially adapted to the German health care market and the strict securityrequirements of the German National Security Agency BSI (Bundesamt furSicherheit in der Informationstechnologie)," said Dietmar Wendling, vicepresident eGovernment of SCM Microsystems. "Combined with SCM's proprietarysoftware, the result is a product that fulfills the requirements of healthcareprofessionals for security, reliability and the protection of theirinvestments."
Software used in the eHealth500 mobile terminal adheres to the currentspecifications for "mobile card terminals with mini-connectors" of the gematik(Gesellschaft fur Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte), the Germanhealthcare organization overseeing the implementation of the country's eHealthcard program. The terminal is also firmware upgradable to accommodate futureupdates as the program evolves and changes, ensuring its compliance throughoutall stages of the electronic health card's implementation. Additionally, theGerman health insurance industry has agreed to subsidize the cost of theterminals, making them affordable for all healthcare professionals throughoutthe country.
The eHealth500 mobile design is ideal for mobile usage: navigation andfunction keys are clearly arranged and intuitive to use, the display is largeand background lit. At the same time, the terminal is compact and convenient,fitting easily in a pocket or bag.
SCM expects to begin shipping its new mobile terminals in early 2009.
"The eHealth500 mobile once again demonstrates SCM's leadership indeveloping terminals that meet the demanding requirements of both thestandards organizations and the doctors who will be reading electronic healthcards on a daily basis," continued Wendling. "Our mobile terminal is thenewest edition to a product line that includes both desktop and mobilesolutions for one the world's largest public IT programs, where reliability,compliance and ease of use are of highest importance."
About SCM Microsystems
SCM Microsystems is a leading provider of solutions that open the DigitalWorld by enabling people to conveniently access digital content and services.The company develops, markets and sells the industry's broadest range ofcontact and contactless smart card reader technology for secure PC, paymentsystems, network and physical access, and digital media readers for transferof digital content to OEM customers in the government, financial, enterprise,consumer electronics and photographic equipment markets worldwide. Globalheadquarters are in Ismaning, Germany. For additional information, visit theSCM Microsystems web site at http://www.scmmicro.com.
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