The introduction of the electronic patient record threatens to be delayed

Hospital, about dts
Hospital, about dts

The introduction of the electronic patient record threatens to be significantly delayed. The Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) insist on more extensive data protection regulations. The disputed points should relate to technical standards that have actually been clarified since 2018 and are already being used by health insurance companies for the development of digital files, reports the "Handelsblatt" (Tuesday edition).

If the law comes with the changes required by the Ministry of Justice, BSI and BfDI, experts believe that numerous technical standards would have to be redefined. In this case, the start date will not be met, said Heike Nowotnik, IT director of the AOK federal association. SPD health politician Dirk Heidenblut told the paper: "In view of the current delays, postponing the start of the file, for example to 2022, can hardly be averted." The Ministry of Health must now finally resolve the issues. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) had legally specified the year 2021 as the start of the digital files. "The Ministry of Justice, the BSI and the BfDI are required to provide constructive support for the start of the electronic patient file and not to endanger the start of the file with excessive data protection requirements," said CDU health politician Tino Sorge to the newspaper. The Ministry of Health does not currently see the start in danger. From 2021, almost all health care players are to be networked with the electronic patient record. ()