Electronic health card not ready for use soon declared a failure in Germany

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Electronic health card before the final exit More than eleven years after their official launch, the electronic health card may be out of action. Helmut Platzer, the head of the board of the AOK Bavaria, told the DPA that it was "more uncertain than ever when the health card fulfills the expectations set in it". High-ranking employees of medical associations and statutory health insurance funds report that there are plans in the federal government to declare the e-card failed after the Bundestag election.

The plastic card would remain nothing more than a proof of insurance, it says from cash registers. According to calculations by the umbrella organization of the health insurance funds, the E-Card has so far generated costs of EUR 1.7 billion. After 11 years of development, the electronic health card is still not ready for use. Supposedly she has soon declared a failure.

There are also doubts about the viability of the health care from the health associations. "If you talk to experts, you hear that this is a technology that is actually already overtaken," said Wolfgang Krombholz, head of the board of the Kassenbäztärztlichen Vereinigung Bayerns, the DPA. Associations of doctors, health insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacists have the legal mandate to set up the health card through the carrier Gematik.
The funds would rather develop their own systems

The Federal Government had announced in the autumn of 2004 that, from 2006, the electronic health card would create numerous new possibilities for data exchange. An emergency record should be saved as well as a medication plan. Such a digital drug list should help to avoid dangerous interactions which, according to estimates, result in thousands of deaths every year. An electronic patient card should avoid unnecessary duplicate examinations. It has not been realized yet.

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Although the operator Gematik stated at the beginning of June 2017 that the delivery of the necessary technical equipment went into the final phase and spoke of a "milestone", the necessary so-called connectors are still not available. Doris Pfeiffer, the head of the GKV-Spitzenverband, was responsible for the new delays in July.

The companies see it differently. The spokesman of Telekom subsidiary T-Systems, Rainer Knirsch, points out that the technical requirements have been changed about 150 times. Now, however, the industry is "on the right," says T-Systems. "The world's best-protected public health infrastructure" is currently being developed.

The technician health insurance company rather ran IBM

In the health insurance companies, such words are skeptical. Numerous cash desks are committed to developing their own offers for a digital data exchange. "The requirements could be met much better, substantially more economically and above all more securely," says Helmut Platzer, head of AOK Bavaria.

The nationwide largest AOK wants to cooperate with other local health insurance funds and business partners. The second largest nationwide fund, Techniker Krankenkasse, had already announced in February 2017 that it had commissioned the American company IBM to develop its own electronic patient card.
Electronic health card not ready for use soon declared a failure in Germany
However, medical associations are concerned that the digital health care landscape is fragmented. "That would be the worst thing that could happen to us, that every cash office starts with their own system," warned the head of the KV Bayerns, Wolfgang Krombholz. He fears that many practices would be overwhelming to manage different systems of patient cards with their computer systems.


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