Electronic health card: card should contain more data
Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU) wants to put pressure on the electronic health card (eGK). Soon more data will be saved on the card, such as emergency data or medication plans. Blockers face high fines.
Minister of Health puts pressure Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU) wants to put pressure on doctors and health insurers in the further development of the electronic health card (eGK). With the “E-Health Act”, which is due to come into force in early 2016, self-government sets strict deadlines. If the actors fail to meet the deadlines, they face severe fines. As has been announced, the ministry does not want to tolerate any further delays in the development of the eGK.
More data on the health card in the future It was also announced that the emergency data of the insured should be registered on the eGK by January 1, 2018 at the latest. Data about previous illnesses, previous treatments, prescribed medication or hypersensitivity to certain medicines could help to avoid treatment errors. In addition, the law entitles patients who are given at least five different medicines to a medication plan to avoid life-threatening side effects and side effects. This plan is to be available electronically in 2018, but can be issued in writing from October next year.
As of July 1, 2016, hospitals will also receive one billion euros in insurance premiums if they send discharge letters in electronic form to their family doctor after a stay in the clinic. And doctors also get paid to exchange letters online. The eGK, which has been mandatory since the beginning of the year, differs from the old health insurance card only in the printed photo and, as before, contains the name, date of birth, insured number and address of the patient. According to the ministry, the card has so far devoured around one billion euros in insurance premiums.
Years of delays The health card should have been introduced as early as 2006, but the project has repeatedly stalled due to disputes between the parties over responsibilities, data protection and costs. There are still many critics who think the card is not an improvement. The "Stop the e-Card" initiative, in which over 50 organizations, such as the Chaos Computer Club, the Free Medical Association e. V. and the German AIDS Aid have even called for the billion dollar eGK project to be canceled. (ad)