Gemalto to Design, and Implement First Smart Card-Based Healthcare System in Algeria

Aug. 9, 2006
Solution would authenticate both healthcare beneficiaries and providers, while ensuring full prescription traceability

2006 AUG 2 - ( -- Gemalto (GTO) announced that it has been selected by the Algerian national health insurance authority (Caisse Nationale de la Securite Sociale des Travailleurs Salaries, CNAS) to be its sole provider for the rollout of the first healthcare microprocessor cards in Algeria.

As prime contractor, Gemalto will manage the entire project. Main rollout is to take place in 2007, including a total of seven million smart cards.

Under the contract, Gemalto will provide CNAS with a microprocessor card-based turnkey solution to strongly authenticate both healthcare beneficiaries and healthcare providers, while ensuring full prescription traceability. Gemalto's solution involves smart cards for citizens, smart cards for healthcare professionals (doctors, pharmacists, and others), the related customization system and an integrated issuance and management system. Leveraging on its expertise in solutions and services customization, Gemalto will assist the CNAS in starting off the production process, and ensure proper training for the CNAS personnel.

For the citizens, the healthcare smart card simplifies substantially the submission of claims to the Algerian social security services by digitizing claims forms. It also offers a high degree of transaction security and speeds up claim reimbursements.

"We needed a partner with expertise in rolling out healthcare smart card and customization systems," said Mr. Ahmed Khenchoul, general director of CNAS. "Gemalto had a clear understanding of our needs and was able to propose a turnkey solution enabling healthcare institutions to migrate efficiently to smart card technology. By doing so, healthcare institutions in Algeria will be able to securely manage patient records and verify patient benefits while keeping patient data confidential."

"We are proud to be taking part in this ambitious CNAS modernization plan, which will be a premiere not only in North Africa but on the entire African continent," added Xavier Chanay, president CIS, Middle East, Africa at Gemalto.

This article was prepared by Biotech Week editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2006, Biotech Week via