Concerns about security and confidentiality are putting the German health smart card program on hold, according to a report in eHealth Europe. The card was supposed to be issued to 80 million German citizens.
The card was supposed to store a patient’s health data, medical history, prescriptions and insurance status. The program was supposed to be rolled out in Jan. 2006.
The program is being limited to a pilot in certain regions where the card will only store photograph, patient demographic information and insurance status. With patient consent, the health officials will add a limited clinical record for emergency use only.
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