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An eHealth Strategy for Germany. A Structure with Goals, or is it Professional Chaos?

Congress

Date
April 9, 2019

Time
11:30 - 13:00

Location
Stage A

Since the beginning of 2017 eight health industry associations have been demanding that political decision-makers establish eHealth goals, i.e. a joint vision of digitally supported healthcare in Germany. These demands are also being voiced by representatives of science and those using digital solutions in the care sector. Together, they agree that without common goals it is impossible to achieve a digital transformation of the healthcare system.

In its coalition agreement the federal government proposed a roadmap for digitalising the healthcare system which could offer political decision-makers orientation for establishing laws. Urgent help is also needed for the digital transformation in practice. Innovation is needed and investment decisions must be made. This can only succeed if the direction healthcare is to take becomes clear.

The healthcare system still faces considerable challenges where the digital transformation is concerned. While many hospitals are simply doing their best without digitalisation, at strategic level important questions need answering. What will the future role of gematik be? How will the telematics infrastructure be used? What role can the electronic patient file (ePA) actually occupy in the care process? What access to digital solutions will there be in the care process? How will artificial intelligence be involved in decision-making? What level of interoperability will there be when exchanging data? Financial questions must also be resolved and much, much more.

The digital transformation of the health sector is gathering pace fast, but what goals and eHealth strategies is it pursuing?

Together with those who are shaping the healthcare system, you are invited to discuss eHealth strategy expectations and the possibilities for reliable planning in a dynamic and digital age.