Bulgaria issues first e-health cards

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Bulgaria is issuing its first electronic health (e-health) cards as part of a nationwide pilot project instituted by the government’s Ministry of Health and the national health insurance fund. In February this year, ICW, along with Cisco and Kontrax, launched the e-health implementation.

Next month, the first 1,000 Bulgarian citizens will receive personal e-health cards, which will be equipped with a microprocessor chip that stores the personal data of the patient, the issuer, and card number as well as a security certificate. Additionally, the patient’s e-prescriptions for medications will be recorded on the chip and can automatically be checked, according to the San Diego-based ICW.

Currently, the system is being tested in the field, and participating physicians and pharmacists are being trained by specialists from ICW and Kontrax.