Launch of the first 1000 electronic ID cards for healthcare professionals
Pilot project to test possible issuing processes to be used by the Electronic Register of Healthcare Professions (eGBR)
At the IT Trends Medicine / Health Telematics convention on 21.09.2011 the first electronic ID cards for healthcare professionals (eHBA) were issued for a pilot run. Among the first recipients of the ID cards were Ute Repschläger, President of the Federal Association of Self-employed Physiotherapists (IFK). Physiotherapists are the first group of healthcare workers to take part in the pilot run and can apply for an eHBA card. The electronic register of healthcare professions (eGBR) is an institution at the Healthcare Campus North Rhine-Westphalia which in future will be responsible for issuing the electronic health worker ID cards to members of specialist healthcare professions (eHBA/eBA) and other practitioners of prescribed medical services nationwide (i.e. non-association members in allied healthcare professions). The eHBA/eBA cards enable the holder to access data and applications via the electronic health card (eGK). Not only do they serve as a visual and occupational identity card, they are also fundamental to ensuring secure electronic communication within the health service.
The pilot project – in which members of the physiotherapy profession are to be equipped with the ID cards – is supported by the “IFK / Federal Association of Self-employed Physiotherapists”. Together with the company Opta Data Abrechnungs GmbH, it will fund the eHBA cards for IFK members during the pilot phase. Its technical partner is “Atos Worldline”, whose role during the project is to take care of the running of a card and application management system. The eGBR’s different issuing procedures will be tested – a major aspect in the development of a scheme to eventually provide blanket coverage of a telematic infrastructure. The final test run will use patient data accessible via the electronic health card, by which time the scheme aims to be in a position to equip paramedics with the healthcare professional ID cards, enabling them to access relevant patient information in emergencies.