The "Act on secure digital communication and applications in the health care system" (the e-Health Act in short) took effect on December 29 last year. By the end of 2018, hospitals and medical practices will be gradually introduced to the new features of the electronic health card and telemedicine. The Act intends to give attending physicians easier access to patient medical records and lighten the workload for medical staff as well.
In this interview with MEDICA.de, Bernd Altpeter, CEO of DITG, explains the advantages of the commencement of the e-Health Act and how patient data is being protected.
Mr. Altpeter, what are the concrete advantages of this innovation for both physicians and patients in your opinion?
Bernd Altpeter: The benefit is that all patient data is available, always giving treatment facilities such as hospitals and physicians complete insight into the patient’s medical history and medication. This ensures that measures are taken based on the patient’s full medical history. Of course, this data needs to be regularly updated and the patient needs to consent to release his or her medical information to third parties. After all, the patient has control over his or her data as they are his or her private property. ...
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