Identification card

We would like to explore cost effective and efficient ways to issue ID cards!

Currently in most openIMIS implementations to reduce cost and processing time, cards with pre printed ID numbers are used. Each personnel responsible for enrolling a household proactively approaches the household and encourages them to join. If the household decides to join then the payment is collected, details of all family members including pictures are captured and an ID card is issued on the spot.

In these scenarios a pre-printed ID card or an Enrolment form (including an ID card) as shown below is used to capture the information of an individual. The bard code relates to an ID number and after filling (in the example below) the bottom part of the form is torn along the perforation, folded and placed in a cold lamination card/plastic pouch and then provided to the individual. The card has basic details like name, gender, starting date of coverage etc. and the bar code is used by a phone to query details of this person (picture, policy status, ceilings, etc.) from the openIMIS server.

Please add examples of ID mechanisms from your experience in different implementation contexts:

ID mechanisms

Implementation context



ID mechanisms

Implementation context



openIMIS implementations: Pre printed cards (on regular paper) with bar code

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  • ID cards are needed to identify an individual and the benefits they are covered for at the point of care

  • Limited IT infrastructure and internet coverageL

  • Limited operational budget

  • Low cost

  • Lower processing time

  • Difficult to overwrite/manipulate data on card


  • Identity check poses challenges were internet connectivity is limited

  • Dependent on manual check to verify person in the picture

Passive RFID cards with basic insuree information manually written on the card

  • Limited IT infrastructure

  • No or low internet coverage

  • Limited operational budget

  • Can store information in memory (upto 8KB)

  • can be used in offline mode for enquiring

  • can store basic health information (patient can move between offline hospitals)

  • password protected data

  • includes a unique identifier that can be used as insuree number

  • Need device to read/write (smartphone’s NFC could do this)

  • CRC validation need to be implemented to check counter-fake cards

  • more expensive than paper-based cards (but could store family coverage) (in ex. 2500$ for 10k units)

  • privacy to be checked

  • tag form