Bulgarian court rules against biometric system in hospitals

Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that fingerprint identification in hospitals is not valid.

The decision of the three-member court was taken on Tuesday and fingerprint identification is terminated until the final ruling, reported BGNES.

The supreme magistrates ruled: “It is obvious in this case that the introduction of fingerprint identification, instead of a document which contains information about the health data of persons and grants access to the data in a virtual environment (an electronic health ID), complicates trans-border legitimisation. This contradicts EU legislation since it is aimed at unifying the type of identification in order to ensure movement, security and medical assistance in EU countries.”

However, the Health Ministry announced that they will appeal the decision.

Earlier this month, Bulgarian health ministry officials  announced that fingerprint registration is now required in all hospitals to improve security, treatment and administration of the country’s insurance fund system.

All hospitals operating with the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) will have to use biometric devices and register patients with them, if hospitals are to be paid for their activities at the end of each month.

All 369 contract partners of NZOK in the country have signed additional agreements to their individual contracts declaring their readiness to work with the system. Apilot implementation of the system started in August in the 20 biggest hospitals in the country and was implemented in stages in the remaining hospitals. 

Source: Planet Biometrics