Authentication of authorized institutions to the telematics infrastructure
The SMC-B is the key to the telematics infrastructure and can be used by all stakeholders in the healthcare industry to identify themselves as a medical facility (practice, clinic or pharmacy).
Secure access to the telematics infrastructure
Fast and easy to use
Access to patient information (master data of insured persons) within the TI
Encryption of e-mail communications
Future-proof with the latest G 2.1 card generation
Smartcard for secure access to the telematics infrastructure
The ID card for medical practices and institutions (SMC-B card), the so-called Security Module Card, type B, offers secure access to the digital health network in Germany, the telematics infrastructure (TI). Medical, psychotherapy and dentist practices, hospitals as well as pharmacies are obliged to participate in the TI.
In technical terms, there’s no difference between the SMC-B card for medical practices and the SMC-B card for medical institutions. However, their user groups do differ. The SMC-B card for medical practices is designed for doctors, dentists and psychotherapists whereas the SMC-B card for medical institutions is for pharmacists and hospitals. Both versions have the same functions. The SMC-B or SMC-B ORG card allows the above service providers and organizations to access the TI.
The SMC-B card for medical practices is issued by the Associations of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians/Dentists and by the chambers of pharmacists in the respective federal states. The SMC-B card for institutions in the in-patient sector is issued by Deutsche Krankenhaus TrustCenter und Informationsverarbeitung GmbH (DKTIG). The SMC-B ORG card for other organizations in the healthcare sector (health insurance companies, Associations of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians/Dentists, chambers, etc.) is issued by gematik GmbH. D‑Trust GmbH, a Bundesdruckerei Group company, is the trust service provider and produces both the SMC-B and SMC-B ORG card.
One card for many digital applications
This small card has a key role to play in the digital healthcare industry. Inserted into the card terminal and together with a secret PIN, the card confirms beyond a trace of doubt the identity of the respective practice or institution. In addition to other applications, the card enables both access to the electronic health card and e-mail encryption. SMC-B ORG is the card for organizations in the healthcare sector that are not service providers, e.g. health insurance companies, Associations of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians/Dentists or chambers.
Step by step towards secure connection to the TI:
- Order the SMC-B card for medical practices and institutions via our Application portal
- Your application is approved by your Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians/Dentists, the chamber of pharmacists or by DKTIG.
- The card is produced and then sent by registered letter. The PIN/PUK letter is sent separately at a later date.
- Once delivered, your card is activated on the Application portal.
Order your SMC-B card for medical practices or institutions via D‑Trust’s Application Portal now.
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Our Service and Support section contains FAQs and answers regarding the SMC-B along with information and tips for requesting and activating the SMC-B.