“Atos Origin & ITSG TrustCenter: Strong increase in the issue of certificates for secure electronic data exchange in the healthcare sector”

Stuttgart, 6 June 2005

Atos Origin, a leading international information technology services provider, has been entrusted to operate the ITSG Trustcenter certification unit since 1996, and today announces the issue of the 50,000th security certificate. Atos Origin has issued more than 20,000 security certificates for electronic data exchange with statutory health insurance during the last six months.

The number of certificates issued has doubled within a year and the positive growth is continuing. This is due to the legal requirement that will come into force on January 1st 2006, which requires that employers only transfer data to statutory health insurance funds in respect of contribution evidence and social security reports by remote data transfer.

At the beginning of this year, the 50,000th certificate was issued at Atos Origin's ITSG (Informationstechnische Servicestelle der Gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung GmbH) TrustCenter in Meppen, Germany. The number of certificates issued for the health service has jumped from 30,000 to 50,000 in less than six months, thus clearly demonstrating that the procedures relating to electronic data transfer security are being accepted by users. The computer centres of any service providers, for example hospitals and employers have already been able to meet their delivery obligations in respect of proof of performance, statements and social security reports and contribution evidence to the health insurance funds using the ITSG TrustCenter for years.

The ITSG TrustCenter is not only a pioneer in respect of the degree of innovation of the technology used, but the number of certificates issued also positions it as one of the leading German trust centres. “Since 1996, we have been cooperating closely with ITSG and are responsible for both the operational management and further technical development of the ITSG TrustCenter,” said Gerhard Fercho, Managing Director of Atos Origin in Germany.

The statutory health insurance funds developed a security concept for secure data exchange less than ten years ago and this has been taken over into practical operation. Electronic messages are encrypted prior to transmission and thus protected from unauthorised access. Every participant holds an electronic certificate, which is issued from a neutral location – the ITSG Trust Center – which also publishes the relevant section required for transmission.

ITSG set up the ITSG Trustcenter in cooperation with Atos Origin Competence Center in Meppen. Since 1996, Atos Origin has been responsible for its operation and technological development.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting. .

About the ITSG:
The IT Service Company for Germany's Statutory Health Insurance Funds (ITSG) supports electronic data transfer on behalf of the state insurance system. The ITSG is a profit-making service company. The ITSG offers its services to the agencies of the state insurance system as well as to external process participants (such as employers, care providers and their service organizations).

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