Physicians and other health care providers in Germany will have the opportunity to accept payment cards and process claims with the same payment terminal under an agreement in which First Data Corp.’s TeleCash unit will market Hypercom Corp.’s medHybrid payment and a-Health card terminal, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based terminal maker announced Sept. 29.

The terminal incorporates two readers to separately process payment cards and Germany’s KVK and eGK health-insurance cards.

The potential market for the terminal in Germany includes about 120,000 physician offices and practices, 40,000 dental offices, 2,000 hospitals and 28,000 pharmacies, Ulf Hoenick, Hypercom vice president of health care, tell PaymentsSource.

Today, not many German doctors have payment terminals, with 10% to 15% deploying two devices, one to accept the chip-based health care cards and another to accept traditional card payments.

The medHybrid device features a large, high-contrast backlit display and embossed keys, and it provides a secure authorization system for patients and health care service providers. The terminal accepts both magnetic stripe and chip cards, and it features serial data interface and universal serial bus, or USB, and local-area network, or LAN, connectivity.

The German health care organization Gematik has granted e-Health Basic Command Set approval for the medHybrid, and the terminal complies with the German Central Credit Committee’s EMV point-of-sale terminal specification, approved by the German Federal Agency for Security In Information Technology.

The overseers of Germany’s health care system also will reimburse physicians and hospitals for their investment in e-Health BCS terminals, Hypercom says.

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