New technologies may contribute to innovation and improvement of quality of healthcare. A necessary condition to achieve this objective is good relationships between all parties involved: health care providers, health care institutions and health care insurance companies. Public Health Care Insurance Company DSW, a regionally based healthcare insurer, was the first insurer to provide their insured with a smart card for health care in the Netherlands. The Delft project proves that a smart card facilitates the linking up of activities of the various participants. As a result the quality of care improves, while at the same time administrative procedures and the financial settlement of transactions are simplified. The presentation will give a historic overview and the present status of the project. Also, plans for the near future will be mentioned. The motives and objectives of the different participants will be summarized. Finally, a list of data on the smart card is given.
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