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New generation healthcare cards in Slovenia by Gemalto

Thursday 28 February 2008

This new electronic health card is the first of its kind in Europe to feature a Java public key infrastructure (PKI) that will further secure the online health system via a digital signature for health professionals.

Gemalto’s Coesys issuance solution to be delivered in Slovenia consists of middleware, digital signature capabilities, software applications, applets and cards. Cetis, Slovenia's leader in security document printing will operate the personalization of the cards and the PKI infrastructure. ZZZS, (Zavod za zdravstveno Zavarovanje Slovenije - Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia), in charge of the National Health Insurance Card System, will act as system integrator and will issue the cards to the citizens. The whole solution ensures backward compatibility with the existing infrastructure. Gemalto also provides ePassports to the government of Slovenia (cf. Smart Insights #06-28).

In 2000, Slovenia was among the very first countries, with France, to introduce microprocessor-based health cards. The country is now renewing and upgrading the two million e-health cards currently in circulation in the country. Created in 1992, ZZZS provides collection (mobilization) and distribution (allocation) of public funds to ensure the insured persons access to health care services and rights to several financial benefits (sick leave pay, reimbursement of travel costs and funeral costs, and insurance money paid in case of death).