Samsung and PhilCare team up to offer NFC capable membership card

PhilCare members will be the first in the country to enjoy a Near Field Communication (NFC) ready HMO membership card, which makes a member’s availment of health services from hospitals faster, more efficient, and nearly paperless. PhilCare membership cards need only to be tapped on a Samsung device to ensure the secure transfer of data. This convenience is the result of a partnership between Samsung and PhilCare and is the first of its kind in the Philippine health care industry.

An NFC-capable card reduces the tedious process of availing of health services from health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

  • Most hospitals require cardholders to secure letters of authorization from their health maintenance organization (HMO). Not anymore.
  • NFC-powered PhilCare card holders need only hand over their cards to any of the 200 service providers of PhilCare with NFC-capable phones from Samsung.
  • With a single tap, hospitals and clinics can determine coverage and benefits of a member, as well as other details of the member’s account.

In Samsung and in health. Chad Sotelo, Corporate Marketing Head of Samsung Electronics Philippines Co. and Noemi Azura, CEO & President of PhilCare.

NFC and Samsung

NFC technology is already used by banks, in retail, transport, and by service providers the world over. It has also been used for wireless payment. Samsung phones have long been equipped with NFC. Each Samsung mobile device is equipped with security features at the hardware level and can be enhanced with Samsung’s security platform to protect transactions from being leaked or breached.

This new technology is the first of its kind in the Philippine health care industry and allows patient information to be updated in real-time, ensuring quick, efficient, and accurate service.

The launch of the new membership cards is only of many innovations by PhilCare. in 2013, they launched GO! Mobile (iOS and Android), an app designed as a quick reference guide for members on their coverage and benefits while also giving access to complete list of PhilCare-affiliated hospitals, clinics, and doctors. Philcare also launched its ecommerce website, becoming the first HMO provider to offer online purchases for its health care packages.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for