A positive result of implementation of the project “Disability electronic certificate”

6 october 2014

The Analytical Centre together with the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation held an expert workshop on implementation of the pilot project “Disability electronic certificate”. Participants of the event have discussed the test results of the project “Disability electronic certificate” in the pilot regions for 2013-2014.

“Today we are discussing the results of a new innovative automated system, which has been developed by the Social Insurance Fund. A key component of this system is a disability electronic certificate”, - said the Head of the Directorate for Information Technologies Alexey Khromov. He added that in March 2014 a similar expert discussion had been conducted, after which recommendations on optimization of the work were made. The expert believes the e-certificate to be the future of the Russian innovative system as it concerns everyone. Disability certificates in paper form are impractical at the present level of information technologies development, considers Mr. Khromov.

The Head of the Department for insurance services in the period of temporary disability and maternity at the Social Insurance Fund Marina Salnikova told the participants of the workshop about the benefits of the implementation of a disability electronic certificate. According to her, among the advantages for medical organizations are the following: automatic arrangement of statistical reports and documentation, decrease in the time needed to fill in a disability certificate and cost reduction for keeping records and store paper forms. “Citizens will be able to see all the information on issued certificates, benefits that have been paid and other services, on their personal accounts. They will be able to choose the form in which they will receive their benefits”, - Ms. Salnikova said. – “In case of mistakes or loss of the form the reprocessing will be excluded”. Employers and the Social Insurance Fund will also get advantages, the expert noted. According to the expert, the processing of technologies is planned to be implemented in 1-2 years, and a phased implementation will go on until 2018.

Experts noted that the use of paper forms makes it impossible to control the means of the compulsory insurance, mistakes occur while filling in the forms, and therefore there are many damaged forms. Among other problems the experts pointed out the lack of the electronic database of issued forms and inability to provide the insured with information. All that leads to the extra duties for doctors and other parties involved in the process.

Among the participants of the event were representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, the Federal Tax Service. An Estonian expert joined the event via video-conference communication.