Doctors should prescribe apps

Doctors should be able to prescribe apps

Law for better supply through digitization and innovation (Digital Supply Act – DVG)

Simply use apps on prescription, video-sharing sessions and access to the secure data network in healthcare everywhere during treatment – this is made possible by the “Digitalization and Innovation Act” (Digital Supply Act – DVG), which was passed on November 7, 2019 the Bundestag was decided.

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That changes by the law:

Patients can use health apps faster

Many patients already use health apps that help them, for example, to take their medicines regularly or to document their blood sugar levels. In the future, such apps can be prescribed by their doctor. The costs are paid by the statutory health insurance. To ensure that this is as unbureaucratic as possible, access for the manufacturers is made easier: After the app has been tested by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) for safety, functionality, quality, data security and data protection, it will be provisionally covered by the statutory health insurance for one year refunded. During this time, the manufacturer has to prove to the BfArM that his app improves patient care. How much money the manufacturer receives, he negotiates then even with the GKV-Spitzenverband.

We promote the innovative power of the health system

Patients should benefit as quickly as possible from innovative care approaches. That is why we are extending the innovation fund by 2024 with 200 million euros annually. And we ensure that successful approaches quickly come into the care.

In the future, health insurance companies will be able to promote the development of digital innovations in a need-based and patient-oriented manner – by promoting good ideas as well as by participating in venture capital funds specializing in health innovations. At the express request, the health insurance companies may also inform their insured persons about innovative care offers.

We create a mandatory digital network for the health sector

Video lessons should become everyday

Which doctors actually offer V >online, ie as part of the video consultation lesson – not as before in the run-up.

Less paper economy

Paper should finally become a phased out model in health care: In addition to the electronic certificate of incapacity for work and the e-prescription, all further services such as medical aids and aids or home nursing can be ordered electronically. So far, physicians receive more money for a fax sent than for sending an electronic medical letter. In the future, doctors will receive a significantly lower reimbursement for the transmission of a fax. This will make it more attractive in the future to transmit the doctor’s letter electronically. In addition, doctors will have more opportunities to interact electronically with colleagues. Anyone wishing to join a statutory health insurance fund voluntarily can do so electronically in the future. In addition, it will be easier for planned hospital stays, for example, to agree elective service agreements by electronic means.

Better insights in health research

Large amounts of data are the prerequisite for medical progress. We ensure that in a research data center the billing data available at the health insurance funds are summarized in pseudonymised form and that anonymous results are transmitted to the research upon request. In the future, science will have access to more up-to-date and more data for new insights into improving health care in a protected area.

Secure IT for medical and dental practices

The IT security of physicians, dentists and dentists in private practice is sustainably strengthened. For this purpose, the self-government receives the mandate to commit IT security standards binding. Certified service providers can support the practices in the implementation. In this way, we ensure that the sensitive health data in the surgeries are safely protected in the future.

Equal participation in digitization

Not everyone or every insured currently has the same skills in using digital health technologies. In order for all insured persons to be able to participate in the potential of digitization on an equal and independent basis in the future, the health insurance funds are obliged to submit offers to their insured persons for the promotion of digital health literacy. Insured persons can learn how to handle digital procedures and applications such as the use of health apps or electronic patient files.

Networking the healthcare system

The software and hardware in medical practices and hospitals are usually island-like implemented. This results in many separate data storage solutions and many independent but similar workflows. This leads to media breaks in the data exchange between the various systems, which is why data must be recorded multiple times in the following. In addition to the associated considerable expense – both for the insured and the health care service providers – registration errors can arise. With the DVG, the foundations for further open and standardized interfaces are created, so that in the future information can be exchanged more easily, faster and on the basis of international standards.

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