June 27, 2012

Emakina behind the European Commission’s Health Insurance Card app

Posted by Luc Malcorps

Have you ever had to buy medicines, consult a doctor or go to a hospital when abroad?
And did you know how to use your Health Insurance Card properly?

Emakina created a handy app for the European Commission to help travelers when abroad.

This smartphone app ensures stress-free travel this summer. Just in time for the holidays, the EURO 2012 Football Championship and the London 2012 Olympics, the European Commission launched this tool for smartphones, explaining how to use the European Health Insurance Card. The app is now available on iOS, Android and Windows 7 mobile.


In 31 European countries, the Health Insurance Card gives people access to state-provided healthcare in case of illness or an accident during travel and temporary stays. Differences among healthcare systems may make it sometimes difficult to figure out how to use the Card in various countries and what the local rules are. With this handy application, you now can learn how to use the Card in in the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.



Very useful information
The application includes general information about the card, emergency phone numbers, treatments that are covered and costs, how to claim reimbursement and who to contact in case you have lost your card.

It is available in 24 languages, with the option to switch from one language to another. This way, you can find an information screen in your language and then show it in the language of the person you are talking to while on holidays. A practical and useful tool.

Emakina and the European Commission also worked together on the media relations for the application.
Over 2000 journalists across Europe discovered the app, with articles appearing both in print and online media. And now the app belongs to the public: already over 24.000 downloads were registered after the first weeks it is available.

On behalf of Emakina and the European Commission let us say: Happy summer holidays and bon voyage!




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