Encryption of care reports at MEDICPROOF with 3?Heights™ PDF Security component

Nadine Schuppisser // May 28, 2014

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As a subsidiary of the PKV association of private health insurers, MEDICPROOF GmbH assesses compliance with eligibility criteria in the area of private compulsory health insurance. In most cases, it assesses whether an applicant has a need for care and, if so, which care level they should be assigned to. The task of MEDICPROOF is to ensure a standardized, national assessment for the different types of insurance. MEDICPROOF thereby primarily acts as a neutral service provider for all private health insurers, coordinating and ensuring the quality of assessments. More than 70 staff work at MEDICPROOF’s head office in Cologne.

Application requirements and implementation
Almost 1,000 freelance assessors ensure that MEDICPROOF creates more than 130,000 care reports each year for private insurance companies. MEDICPROOF staff at the head office in Cologne help these companies to solve problems during the assessment and provide them with advice on issues relating to medicine and care. The reports are created using the Windows-based application ProofForms, developed by MEDICPROOF itself.

Handling health data requires a very high level of security and encryption. MEDICPROOF therefore needed a tool that could support the secure encryption of PDF files and be integrated into its existing application. The aim was to ensure that sensitive documents are not saved in unencrypted form on hard drives. In addition to a broad range of functions and simple integration, the 3?Heights™ PDF Security components offer the additional advantage of being able to encrypt PDFs in the working memory without interim storage and then save them to the hard drive. This ensures that no unencrypted data is ever located on the hard drive.

The function and performance tests with the 3?Heights™ PDF Security tool during the evaluation period were very promising. Alternative products were also evaluated by the company, but these proved either not reliable enough or were not able to process PDF documents with the required level of security. They were also very inflexible.

The 3?Heights™ PDF Security components were integrated easily via the existing .NET interface. The documents are signed in Windows in the form of a certificate.

Customers benefits
By using the 3?Heights™ PDF Security components to sign its PDF documents securely, ­MEDICPROOF benefits from a flexible tool. Overall, the 3?Heights™ PDF Security tool has spared MEDICPROOF the major effort of implementing its own system and it was easily integrated via the simple interfaces. The company’s own report generation software ProofForms works perfectly with 3?Heights™ PDF Security and has been running smoothly for months.

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