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It’s official: after a test phase in 2022, the digital vital card will be generalized in 2023. It is a decree published on December 28 that confirms the news.
What if the Vitale card no longer came out of our wallets, but from our smartphones? It’s official, in 2023 the Vitale card will be dematerialized for everyone. But for those who still prefer the real to the virtual, you can be sure: the Vitale e-card will not be mandatory and the physical card will not disappear.
Presentation in 2019 and then in testing in 2022
It was in 2019 that Sygesikringen first referred to the dematerialized Vitale card. So in 2022, 8 health insurance funds, located in the departments of Alpes-Maritimes, Bas-Rhin, Loire-Atlantique, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône, Saône-et-Loire, Sarthe and Seine-Maritime, have started testing the system since the beginning of 2022.
As of now, the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM) wants to generalize the device in 2023 without specifying an official launch date for now. “With the increasing use of digital tools in the daily life of the French, it was necessary for the Vitale card to also exist in the smartphone application“explained the organization in July 2022.
What are the benefits of a dematerialized card and how does it work?
The dematerialized Vitale card can therefore be accessed via an application on his smartphone, called ApCV. A way to limit forgetfulness for some people who can always present it to the doctor or any other health professional via their mobile phone in “contactless” mode.
Healthcare professionals can actually read it via a QR code found in the application or use a compatible reader. The phone must then be placed on it to transfer the data. According to CNAM, the dematerialized Vitale card also presents more secure care sheets.
What about the security of sensitive personal data?
With this Vitale e-card, new INS (National Health Identity) data is also integrated and centralized. In addition, insured persons can consult their healthcare costs directly from the application.
However, as with all dematerialized items, there is the question of the security of the sensitive data contained in a Vitale card. What exactly is it? According to CNAM, the dematerialized Vitale card is just as reliable in terms of data security as the plastic Vitale card.
A double authentication of the user will be necessary to access it, with a personal code and identification via the smartphone. And for even greater security, only essential data such as surnames, first names, status, gender, mandatory organization of affiliation will be stored there.