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Electronic Patient Files – Benefits for Physicians or Benefits for Patients?


April 11, 2019

09:30 - 11:00

Stage A

§ 291a of the Fifth Volume of the Code of Social Law stipulates that a uniform electronic patient file is to be implemented nationwide by 2021. A lively debate is currently taking place about its purpose, benefits and risks. There appears to be no unanimous opinion on whether, and in what form, the patient file can improve care. As files covering various sectors have already been in use for more than ten years, both regionally in Germany and abroad, it is worth taking a look at what is happening in practice in order to highlight future options. What currently works? What new opportunities have arisen? Do difficulties exist when communicating with the patient? Was there resistance and has it been overcome? Practitioners are being invited to address these issues and outline in which scenarios patient files offer benefits and how the risks can be handled. The closing debate will aim to jointly formulate expectations regarding the future of the patient file in Germany.