What is tinyHeb?
tinyHeb is a billing software for midwives in Germany to do the legal accounting with the health insurance companies in Germany. tinyHeb runs under Linux and Windows operating systems. It enables the midwives to produce paper and electronic bills, and meets the legal requirements of §301a, §302 SGB V, resp. The tariff structure introduced in 2007 is no problem at all.
I started programming tinyHeb for the following reasons:
- we only had an installation of a Linux operating system
- I was not willing to spent money on a commercial programm, that would probably not run under Linux
- just for fun ;-)
tinyHeb is published under the GNU General Pubic License, that means free of charges
Questions and suggestions pertaining tinyHeb can be raised and discussed in the tinyHeb Mailingliste. Instructions on how to install tinyHeb are part of the manual (PDF, german only). In case of problems take a look into the tinyHeb FAQ (frequently asked questions).
What kind of "Features" are part of the software?
- Recording the static data of the so-called client (woman)
- a lot of plausibility checks for static data as well as invoice data
- the day of the week will be calculated automatically and in case of weekends or public holidays the correct position number will be chosen accordingly
- automatic selection of material flat rates if possible
- e.g., material for preventive examination of pregnant women
- child-bed (before/after) fourth day postpartum subject to the date of birth of the child
- private patients
- insurance companies patients
- generation of electronic billings via email
- automatic selection of correct invoice addresses of the insurance companies based on the published static data files (Kostenträger Dateien)
- automatic selection of the data center for electronic billings
- description, how to get approval for participating in the electronic data interchange with health insurance companies
- Web GUI for processing the static data of the insurance companies (approx. 1900)
- Web GUI for processing the public keys of the insurance companies data centers'
- is easy to handle (is the opinion of my wife and other midwives)
- Tool to generate a certificate request for the ITSG certificate authority
- for further information take a look into the manual (german only)
What is the price of the software?
- tinyHeb is licensed under the GPL, that means there is no license fee
- OpenSSL is used for encryption of the electronic billings
- it is not necessary to buy any additional software, e.g. Dakota
- it is not necessary to spend money for permission for electronic data interchange with the health insurance companies
- a certificate is needed to exchange electronic billings via email with a few data centers, e.g. Inter-Forum, Medent and Autovision. These data center accept encrypted and signed billings only.