Signature and authentication in digital healthcare
The electronic Health Professional Card (eHPC) is a personalized smart card that can be used in the telematics infrastructure as ID for healthcare professionals. The eHPC enhances data security and privacy in the digital health network. Doctors and dentists, psychotherapists or pharmacists can obtain the eHPC from their respective federal state chambers.
Secure access to the telematics infrastructure and the electronic health card
Qualified electronic signature
Encryption of medical data
Faster authentication processes
The eHPC enables legally binding signatures and authentication in the telematics infrastructure.
The electronic Health Professional Card (eHPC) unambiguously identifies the holder as a member of the relevant medical profession and offers secure access to the telematics infrastructure and the electronic health card. With the introduction of the telematics infrastructure (TI), paper-based processes will increasingly make way for digital processes. The eHPC is required in order to create legally secure electronic signatures which are mandatory for certain medical applications (e.g. electronic doctor’s letters, digital lab referrals).
The electronic health professional card (eHPC) will become an essential instrument for staff in the health sector because it provides the following security-relevant functions:
The eHPC is a high-quality ID card in credit-card format that bears a photo of the holder and their signature.
Secure authentication and identification
Doctors, psychotherapists, etc. can use the eHPC as a means of identity in the digital world. The card grants access to specially protected online data or services, such as the portals provided by the medical chambers or statutory health insurance associations. Holders of an eHPC can authenticate themselves electronically and this ensures a speedy authentication process.
Using the eHPC, holders can generate an electronic signature (qualified electronic signature – QES), for instance, in order to digitally sign an electronic doctor's letter. This signature is legally equivalent to the hand-written signature.
Medical data encryption
The eHPC can be used to send encrypted medical data that can be decrypted on receipt. In this way, the eHPC allows medical professionals to securely exchange electronic data among each other or with hospitals and health insurance companies. This boosts the level of privacy when personal medical data is transmitted.
Secure access to the electronic health card
The eHPC can be used to access patient data stored on the electronic health card.
Application and delivery
Electronic health professional cards are issued by the chambers in the respective federal states. Applications are submitted directly to the issuer.
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Our Service and Support section contains FAQs regarding the electronic Health Professional Card along with information and tips for requesting and activating the eHPC