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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, which 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. However, for those who still prefer the real to the virtual, rest assured: the Vitale e-card will not be compulsory and the physical card will not disappear.
Presentation in 2019 then in test in 2022
It was in 2019 that Health Insurance first mentioned the dematerialized Vitale card. Then 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 start of 2022.
From now on, the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM) wants to generalize the device in 2023, without giving an official launch date for the moment. “With the increasing use of digital tools in the daily life of the French, it was necessary that the Vitale card also exist in application for smartphone“explained the organization in July 2022.
What are the advantages of a dematerialized card and how does it work?
The dematerialized Vitale card may therefore be available via an application on his smartphone, called ApCV. A way to limit oversights for some people, who can always present it to the doctor or any other health professional via their mobile phone, in “contactless” mode.
Indeed, health professionals can read it via a QR code present in the application or use a compatible reader. The phone will then have to be placed on it to transmit the data. According to the 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 are also integrated and centralized. In addition, insured persons can consult their healthcare expenses directly from the application.
But as with all dematerialized objects, there is the question of the security of the sensitive data contained in a Vitale card. What is it really? According to the CNAM, the dematerialized Vitale card is 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 personal code and identification via the smartphone. And for even greater security, only essential data such as surnames, first names, status, sex, mandatory organization of attachment will be stored there.