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Gemalto Smart Cards Secure Access to Personal Health Records in Bulgaria


Innovation optimizes medical treatments - simplifies and modernizes procedures

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced that Bulgaria has started deploying its smart cards to secure access to personal health records for the country’s military personnel and their family.

Gemalto has vast experience in providing solutions for eHealth, and has proved itself as a strong and reliable partner in Slovenia, Germany, France, Finland, the UK, Gabon, Algeria, Mexico, etc.

In Bulgaria, Gemalto delivered double-slot readers and smart cards with the associated middleware to KIM-2000, a local company specialized in eHealth projects. KIM-2000 acts as prime contractor for the electronic health record system commissioned by the Military Medical Academy*. This innovative system optimizes medical treatments, simplifies and modernizes procedures and increases security for accessing health information.

The Gemalto card is compliant with the Identification Authentication Signature (IAS) European standard to ensure the highest level of security for accessing personal electronic health records. The patient and the healthcare professional simultaneously insert their own card into the double-entry Gemalto reader and type in their PIN code to enable viewing or modifying of the medical file, which is stored on a highly secure IT infrastructure. The patient can also view their personal data online, using the Gemalto reader and card to authenticate themselves.

The personal electronic health record is a complete electronic archive of the patient’s medical history. It stores all existing medical documentation, including laboratory tests and results, X-ray pictures, all visual tests, electronic prescriptions, etc. It also contains the patient’s blood group, allergies and genetic predisposition to diseases, health check ups, surgical interventions and all useful medical information.
The personal electronic health record enables healthcare professionals to immediately access a patient’s medical data and therefore, make more accurate decisions, especially in emergency situations, for which there is a special section in the electronic health record, containing the most important relevant information.

“For securing our system, we needed a smart card that meets the stringent requirements of international and European standards,” commented Kalcho Hinov, Chairman of the Board, KIM-2000. “Gemalto’s European Standard-compliant IAS solution ensures trust and confidence and enables smoother, more efficient interaction between patients and healthcare professionals.”

“The implementation of an electronic health record system is a highly innovative project and Gemalto is proud to contribute to this venture alongside KIM-2000,” added Ari Bouzbib, Senior Vice President Identity and Government Programs at Gemalto. “Through this initiative, Gemalto’s digital security technology proves to be a key enabler to next-generation eHealth programs. These are intended to deliver optimized treatment for each patient with utmost security, while protecting the privacy of personal data.”

* The Military Medical Academy is under the authority of the Ministry of Defence and is the organization in charge of medical care for the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of €1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere—has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

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