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Health insurance and ID card on your smartphone

BARMER commissions T-Systems and VERIMI

29 June 2022

Digital identities for 8.7 million policy holders

BARMER has commissioned T-Systems and Verimi to provide and manage digital identities for its 8.7 million policyholders. The companies made the announcement today. The contract has a term of seven years. The companies did not disclose the contract volume.

Contract has a term of seven years

Face of woman with digital overlay and smartphone with health card

Digital identities are provided via ID services. T-Systems relies on the Verimi ID Wallet for this purpose. The Federal Office for Information Security has already approved the ID Wallet as a secure procedure. T-Systems operates the service in its Open Telekom Cloud. Three data centers provide protection and zero-outage for the ID service. It is being developed in accordance with gematik specifications.

Law obligates insurers from 2023

The smartphone will become an electronic health insurance card. Policy holders will receive a digital twin of their chip cards on their smartphones: so-called digital identities will enable access to data and applications. Like the card, they will also serve as proof of insurance. Health insurers will have to offer this service by 2023. The basis for this is the Digital Care and Nursing Modernization Act (DVPMG). It came into force last year.

Roland Bruns, Head of IT at BARMER, says: “The introduction of digital identities gives our policyholders easy access to our online services at the highest level of security. We are pleased to have T-Systems and Verimi, two experienced partners, at our side to provide this user-friendly solution as quickly as possible.”

Clearing our daily jungle of usernames and passwords

“With the Verimi ID Wallet, we have pioneered in the German market a way for our users to use their personal identity data – digitally, conveniently and securely,” says Roland Adrian, CEO of Verimi. “We can now use our know-how advantage and our proven infrastructure together with T-Systems to offer BARMER policy holders a digital identity solution, quickly and efficiently. We are proud to be making an important contribution here to the rapid digitalization of healthcare in Germany.”

„Mit der Verimi ID-Wallet haben wir als Pionier im deutschen Markt gezeigt, wie unsere Anwender ihre persönlichen Identitätsdaten auf hohem Sicherheitsniveau bequem digital nutzen können“, sagt Roland Adrian, Geschäftsführer von Verimi. „Unseren Know-how Vorsprung und unsere bewährte Infrastruktur können wir nun zusammen mit T-Systems einsetzen, um den BARMER-Versicherten schnell und effizient eine digitale Identitätslösung anzubieten. Wir sind stolz, hier einen wichtigen Beitrag zur schnellen Digitalisierung des Gesundheitswesens in Deutschland zu leisten.“

T-Systems uses the BSI-approved Verimi wallet

Telekom and Verimi will integrate the wallet into the BARMER App. The stored electronic ID card and biometric processes such as Face ID ensure unique identification. Users can in this way use the electronic patient file in a highly secure manner, for example, or electronic prescriptions. Telekom and Verimi want to offer their solution to other insurers. In principle, the technology is suitable for almost all areas of online social life.

Signal for the federal government and the European Union

Digital identities give citizens more sovereignty on the Internet. The federal government and the European Union are driving this development forward. The companies therefore hope that this deal with BARMER will also send a signal to the public sector. The federal government and the private sector want to work together to help digital identities achieve a breakthrough. For Telekom, this is a strategic issue. The company has been a Verimi shareholder since 2017. 21 German companies have a stake in Verimi. These include numerous DAX companies.

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