Bulgaria pilots electronic health cards
30 January 2007
Sofia, Bulgaria. The Bulgarian National Health
Insurance Fund (NHIF) is carrying out a pilot project for electronic health
cards. Three general practitioners, five pharmacies, and 1,000 patients will
be included in the project, which will be implemented by international
ehealth specialist ICW and network solution provider Cisco.
The pilot project will take place in a small municipality. Participating
physicians and patients will identify themselves with their cards at any
consultation. The system then automatically establishes a secure online
connection to verify the current insurance status of the patient and his
presence in the patient list of the physician. This reduces administrative
work for the physician and effectively prevents the possible fraudulent use
of lost or stolen eCards.
With the new system, physicians are also able to issue digitally signed
electronic prescriptions that are stored on the card and on a prescription
server. Thus, illegible prescriptions are a thing of the past and
pharmaceutical drug safety is increased. The electronic prescription also
forms the basis for a future automatic drug interaction and contraindication
check that will ensure that only medications that are compatible with the
patient’s other drugs and diseases will be dispensed.
The system has
already successfully completed extensive pilot tests in Germany. It enables
the secure exchange of medical data according to internationally accepted
standards. It will provide the basis for the development of modern
healthcare services for Bulgarian citizens, eg electronic personal health
records that contain all relevant medical data of a person.