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Kenya to receive healthcare smart cards

March 4, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms

Kenya’s healthcare providers are about to get new technology to increase their ability to provide adequate healthcare to the population.

On Track Innovations (OTI) announced on Thursday that it was to provide some 100,000 smart cards to Kenya’s Smart Applications International, which will then be able to offer the cards to local hospitals, pharmacies and general practitioners.

The MediSmart cards are to be used by residents to prove their entitlement to health insurance and could help to reduce levels of fraud in the country.

“Implementation of MediSmart and recent data proves that MediSmart is a paramount vehicle in reducing fraud, cutting cost and improving accuracy, ultimately resulting in better service to patients,” said Oded Bashan, chairman and chief executive of OTI.

“The continuing success and expansion of MediSmart in Kenya serves as further validation to the effectiveness and comprehensive nature of our healthcare biometric ID solution.”

Kenya’s Business Daily recently reported that fraudulent medical insurance claims cost the industry 40 percent of its revenue annually.

By Jonathan Terry

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