The Vitale card arrives on smartphones: what you need to know

An important decree was passed at the very end of December concerning the Vitale e-card. It allows you to learn more about the deployment of this application intended to replace the good old plastic green card.

“Vitale e-card”, “health insurance e-card”, digital Vitale card… it can take on many names and it will soon be part of our daily lives. As indicated by the Free luncha decree published on December 28, 2022 paves the way for its generalization on smartphones. Here’s how it will work.

What shape will it have?

The Covid crisis or the energy crisis have accustomed the French to the use of applications published by institutions such as All Anti-Covid or more recently EcoWatt. Beforean application on hunting does not see the light of day, it is therefore a new application which replaces the Vitale card. Its name couldn’t be clearer: Vitale e-card.

Should I switch to this Vitale e-card now?

So don’t panic, no need to rush to the Play Store or the App Store right now. As is often the case with these institutional developments, the Health Insurance wanted to give itself the necessary time to step back. The generalization of this digital map is set for 2026.

In the meantime, a so-called perspective phase opens to test the device as it should. The departments of Rhône and Alpes-Maritimes have already been in the test phase for two years. Ten other departments can benefit from it since October 2022. Here they are:

  • Saone-et-Loire
  • Seine Maritime
  • Lower Rhine
  • North
  • Gironde
  • Herault
  • Loire Atlantique
  • Sarthe
  • Puy de Dome
  • Paris

Generalization to France is planned for 2023, but could just as well take place in 2024 with the usual deployment delay.

How to install it?

For the installation procedure, for the moment, we can only rely on how it went in the test departments. But it is not impossible that all this evolves at the time of the national deployment.

One thing is certain, in the Rhône and the Alpes-Maritimes, all you had to do was go to your Ameli account to find instructions for using the Vitale e-card. This invited to install an application, apCV, allowing a secure procedure via facial recognition. The goal is to authenticate the procedure as much as possible.

Once the application is installed, equipped healthcare professionals can read a QR Code displayed in the application or even equip themselves with an NFC chip reader. According to a source who wishes to remain anonymous, the installation with a professional relatively comfortable with digital tools does not pose any difficulty and can be done entirely by telephone assistance.

Is this change mandatory?

The old Vitale card can be kept. No constraint to switch to the Vitale e-card is provided for in the decree.

The purpose of the maneuver is clear: there is a greater chance that a patient will have his smartphone in his family than his Vitale card, explains in essence the Health Insurance to the Free lunch. But also simplify the use.

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