Health care provider PhilCare has partnered with Samsung Electronics Philippines Co. in offering the first NFC-capable membership card in an effort to make medical services smoother and more convenient to its clients and providers.
With the partnership, PhilCare members can now do away with the usual tedious process when availing services from HMOs such as securing letters of authorization from their HMOs before getting medical services. With the NFC-powered PhilCare cards, members only need to hand over their cards to any of the 200 service providers of PhilCare with NFC-capable phones from Samsung.
NFC, a form of wireless, radio-wave technology, allows two objects – a reader device and a storage device – to send and receive information via brief contact. In this case, a simple tap of the PhilCare membership card to the Samsung device will allow the hospital or clinic to determine the member’s coverage and benefits together with other details.
NFC technology is now commonly used to accommodate wireless payments and transactions in banking, retail, transport, service and other industries.
Chad Sotelo, Corporate Marketing Head, Samsung Electronics Philippines Co. and Noemi Azura, CEO & President, PhilCare.
“We are proud to introduce this new technology to the HMO industry. We’ve been looking for the best technology to make medical services smoother and more convenient for our clients and providers and NFC seems to be the perfect fit for this goal,” said Noemi Azura, CEO & President, PhilCare.
“R&D is at the heart of what we do, allowing us to continuously produce innovative products and offer progressive solutions for like-minded, forward looking institutions like PhilCare. Ultimately, it is our goal to enrich the lives of people,” said Chad Sotelo, Corporate Marketing Head, Samsung Electronics Philippines Co.