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Techniker Krankenkasse uses CompuGROUP technology to protect against chip-card abuse.

Koblenz - 01 April 2009: CompuGROUP Holding  AG,  one  of  Europe's   leading e-health service providers based in  Koblenz,  has  developed the  new cardtrust system  as  a  means  of  preventing  insurance   card    abuse.    The Techniker Krankenkasse is now  using  cardtrust   to  protect  against  abuse and  enhance efficiency.

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Koblenz (euro adhoc) - The Techniker Krankenkasse has been using the Verax List,  the  predecessor  of the present cardtrust service, since the fourth quarter  of  2004.  Among  other features, the well-known system developed by CompuGROUP  identifies  and  blocks expired or cancelled health insurance identification cards.

Integrated  within  the  physicians'  information  system,  the   service  checks insurance  cards  presented  by  patients.  After   verifying  the    cardholder's entitlement to benefits from the Techniker Krankenkasse, the  system  checks  to ensure that data regarding the patient's current co-payment status  are  correct and up to date.

Cardtrust provides the Techniker  Krankenkasse  substantial   protection  against billing fraud. Employing a combination of systems, Germany's  largest  statutory health insurance fund has been taking effective measures to  prevent  the  abuse of health insurance cards for many years, although insurers have  been  required to do so by law only since 2007.

According  to    current    plans    developed    by    gematik     (Gesellschaft    für Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte mbH), the new electronic  health  card (eGK) will be introduced nationwide beginning this year.  The  health  insurance identification card currently in use will be gradually phased out. In  order  to satisfy the requirements of the law, insurers need a system that is  capable of protecting both eGKs and health insurance  identification  cards   against  abuse and unauthorized exemption from co-payments for prescriptions.

On the  basis  of  the  proven  Verax  service,  CompuGROUP   developed  the  new cardtrust system, which offers the protection required by law for both types  of cards.

"With  cardtrust,  we  now  offer  all  statutory  health  insurance funds  an innovative solution that identifies cases of abuse on  a   day-to-day  basis  and protects our health care system against major losses. The service  is  available immediately and will provide effective protection  both  during  and  after  the transition phase for the eGK", notes  Jan  Broer,  Chief  Marketing  Officer  of CompuGROUP Holding AG, with regard to the impact of the new system.

As Hermann Bärenfänger from the Techniker Krankenkasse explains,   "The  decision in favour of cardtrust was  logical  and  consistent. We  had  already  avoided annual losses in the high million range with Verax. The use  of  cardtrust  will pay off for us and our policyholders in a very real sense.  We  are  pleased  to have found a proven partner in CompuGROUP, a  company  that  is  able  to  offer trustworthy e-health technologies quickly and reliably, especially during  times of change."

About CompuGROUP Holding AG CompuGROUP is one of the leading e-health companies in the world.  Its  software products  designed  to   support  medical  and organizational    activities    in physicians' surgeries and hospitals, its information services  for  all  parties involved  in  the  health  sector  and its  Web-based  personal   medical  files contribute to the development of a more reliable and   efficient  health  service system. The basis for the services offered by  CompuGROUP  is  an  unparalleled customer base  comprising  some 326,000  physicians,  dentists,  hospitals  and networks, as well  as other  service  providers.  CompuGROUP  is  the  e-health company with the widest global reach among service providers. The firm   operates in 14 European countries, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the U.S.  and currently employs roughly 2,700 people.

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