ESIC to Deploy Smart Cards for Rural Health Cover

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 18, 2008

Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) will employ smart cards technology to provide health cover to citizens in rural India. ESIC has awarded a Rs 400 crore contract to Bartronics for the purpose.

The scheme, termed as Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, will cover 6, 39,000 villages in 609 districts across India, with 1, 00,000 beneficiaries being targeted in each district.

The smart card will have a prefixed treatment value and will contain data on the beneficiary and eligible family members, including bio-metric in a 32K embedded micro-chip. When an individual avails of treatment in the hospital, the pent up amount would be deducted from the smart card through appropriate reader-writer devices.

These cards can be used at any of the ESIC designated hospitals or such hospitals that ESI has a tie-up with.

Bartronics will carry out operations such as data-capturing, data-uploading, smart card-preparation and issue, and install card reader-writer at the specified ESI Hospitals.

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