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Sagem Orga Awarded Techniker Krankenkasse Contract for a total of 8.5 million Electronic Health Insurance Cards

(PresseBox) (Paderborn, ) Leading provider of smart card and security technology Sagem Orga has been awarded a contract to provide Techniker Krankenkasse's (TK) almost 6.1 million policy holders with electronic health cards (eGK). Based in Paderborn, Germany, Sagem Orga beat other competitors in an open call for tenders organized by health insurer TK. The contract between TK and Sagem Orga was signed on June 29, 2007.

"Sagem Orga proved to be the most competent partner with the best developed concept for our purposes. We are looking forward to collaborating with them on this project," confirmed Frank Siener, Head of Corporate Development at TK. "The most crucial aspect for us is being able to provide our policy holders with an efficient infrastructure delivering added value. As a family-oriented insurer, we are keen to redefine our customer-friendly online services in conjunction with the electronic health cards and we intend to use Sagem Orga's tried and tested eHealth technology for this."

"We are looking forward to working as a partner and supplier for TK and helping introduce electronic health cards across the board," explains Silvio Stockmann, Vice President and Head of Health, ID and Payment at Sagem Orga. "This contract confirms our long-term commitment to developing high-security card systems for the health care industry. We are already supplier of the French card Vitale 1 and 2."

The contract includes the delivery of 8.5 million electronic health cards with an accompanying letter and additional information to TK policy holders. As an additional service for TK customers "home packs" can be provided. The home packs comprise a high-security card reader which is used in conjunction with the digital signature and can allow policy holders to use their electronic health cards to legally sign documents such as additional policies. "This will enable every user to experience first hand the benefits of the new telematic infrastructure associated with the electronic health card," explains Stockmann.

This order represents an important step in TK's strategy to introduce electronic health cards for all of its policy holders. Once the technical infrastructure is available across the board, the company can start issuing the electronic health cards.

Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is a competitive and modern health service provider trusted by approximately six million insured persons nationwide. With its diverse initiatives and model projects TK makes an important contribution to developing the health system in the interest of its customers.

Three out of four customer contacts occur online or by telephone and more than each ninth customer applied in the exclusive area at www.tk-online.de. In addition, TK makes use of the new possibilities of telemedicine, places confidence in modern information technology in the battle against accounting fraud and is committed to the electronic health card.
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