Electronic health card illegal?


Expert opinion reveals omissions in checking the cards
04.02.2014

The electronic health card with picture introduced earlier this year may be illegal. This is reported in the "Hamburger Abendblatt" with reference to an expert opinion from the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV). Accordingly, the cards would violate applicable law because the health insurers had failed to check the photos.

Photos on the new “e-cards” apparently not verified As the Hamburger Abendblatt reports, the new electronic health card may be illegal. The paper relies on a "previously secret" report from the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV). Accordingly, the cash registers had not checked the images on the so-called "e-cards" or "eGKs", which would violate applicable law. "When issuing the eGK, the health insurance companies are obliged to verify the correspondence of the printed photo, the person of the card holder and the future social data stored on the eGK. So far, this has not been carried out, which is problematic since sensitive data will be stored on the eGK in the future, "said a quote from the report in the Hamburger Abendblatt.

Members send in pictures of "Darth Vader" According to the newspaper, the problem was only recognized when the cash registers sent photos of the "Star Wars" character "Darth Vader" from their members - but before that it had pictures of well-known ones Given personalities like Brad Pitt or Lady Gaga, these would not have been noticed immediately. How many celebrities or fictional characters currently adorn the e-health cards will probably remain a secret - for the KBV reason to raise serious accusations: “When the eGK is created, the information is not verified in any point. (…) As a result, the health insurance companies do not issue proof of identity that meets the legal requirements. "According to the Federal Association, the cards are therefore in principle invalid and must be withdrawn or upgraded.

Between 55 and 60 million electronic health cards in circulation A huge problem for the health insurers, because there are now between 55 and 60 million electronic health cards in circulation. There had been some difficulties in advance, among other things because many insured persons had refused to give the health insurance companies a picture of themselves. However, since the beginning of 2014, the card has been compulsory and contains a photo of the insured person in addition to the personal data - on the one hand to avoid confusion, and on the other to minimize the improper use of services. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, the photo thus contributes to “saving costs” - which, however, no longer seems very credible in view of the accusations of the KBV.

Federal Ministry sees no mistake According to the Ministry, the cash registers are not to be blamed for an error, reports the Hamburger Abendblatt. Accordingly, a spokesman had told the newspaper that although it is undisputed that "the correct assignment of the data of the health card to the cardholder must be guaranteed" - this requires, among other things, identification of the insured, but this must "not at the time of the Photo transmission ”. When exactly the check of the match between the cardholder and the photo happens - according to the sheet, however, there was no information from the political spokesman.

"Stop the e-card" is committed to abolishing the card
However, criticism of the eGK has not only been there recently, instead experts have been warning against the misuse of electronic plastic cards for years. The "Stop the e-card" campaign, a broad alliance of 54 civil rights organizations, data protection experts, patient and doctor associations, is also involved here and is calling for the card to be abolished: "The NSA has shown how quickly data can be decrypted", said Dr. Manfred Lotze, representative of the medical organization IPPNW in the alliance - "That should also instruct the last security believer of a better one. Anyone who needs medical data can get it - illegally through data theft or legally with the help of short-term legislative changes." (Nr)

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