The salient features of new ECHS Smart Card are appended below:-
(a) The physical submission of application for ECHS Smart Card has been done away with.
(b) ECHS beneficiaries can now apply online for Smart Card without visiting Regional Centres.
(c) The payment for Smart Card will also be achieved through the online mode with choices using Internet Banking, Debit / Credit Card, Wallet Payments.
(d) The information regarding movement of online application till receipt of Smart Card from Station Headquarters will be intimated to beneficiaries through SMS updates.
(e) The new Smart Card is of the capacity of 64 Kb that may store vital information of the beneficiaries including their Medical History, Referral History, Medicine Issue Logs etc..
(f) In the new system, Kiosks are being deployed at ECHS Polyclinics which offers Biometric/Aadhaar/mobile based Authentication of beneficiaries, Selection of option for desired services through touch screen, Printing of Medical Slip/authentication slip and also helps in Queue Management.
(g) In the new system, Identification cum Authentication Terminals (ICAT) are being deployed at HCOs which also offers Biometric/Aadhaar/mobile based Authentication of beneficiaries.