The country’s biggest health insurer, state-controlled Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna (VZP), on Monday cleared the purchase of a 46% stake of shares in a scandal-hit company tasked with paving the way for a national database of electronic medical records. The head of the VZP’s administrative board said the new stake would take VZP’s shareholding in medical records company IZIP to 51%. A supplementary agreement that should be agreed in parallel with the purchase should allow the state health insurer to end its long-term cooperation with IZIP by the middle of 2012, much earlier than the originally agreed 2015 deadline.