Owing to the incentives provided by the nation-wide introduction of the Health Insurance Card various card projects with different targets have been launched since the second half of 1994. As the projects may differ considerably as far as motives, card contents and technical aspects are concerned, the harmonization of these aspects is an urgent need. Thus, it can be prevented that the failure of projects would suppress the budding acceptance of medical patient cards by the population. Since the Joint Panel on Health Cards has been founded in 1995, project partners and other responsible persons try to agree upon the introduction of medical patient cards. Special emphasis is put on the aspect of interoperability.
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