Data protection: digitization officer wants to relax data protection

Dorothee Bär wants to promote digitization in the healthcare sector. The hitherto strict German data protection law blocks many developments in the health sector.


The digitalization officer Dorothee Bär (CSU) wants to relax data protection in order to promote digitalization in the healthcare sector. The strict German data protection law block many developments in the health service, "therefore we have to disarm at one point or another, delete some rules and relax others," said the CSU politician in conversation with the World on Sunday .

Germany has "the strictest data protection laws worldwide and the highest privacy requirements". The German Federal Government Commissioner for Digitization said once again that the electronic health card and the uniform electronic patient file would still be operational during this legislative period.

Germany in 16th place out of 17

A study by the Bertelsmann Foundation revealed at the end of November that digital progress and its chances for health care for patients in Germany are far from sufficient. In the survey, the German health service landed in 16th place in an international comparison in terms of digitization of 17 of the 17 countries surveyed.

Doctors and health insurances have now agreed on a basic structure of the long-planned electronic patient record. By 2021, there are three areas that should also be accessible via smartphones: one with medical data of the doctors, one with insured information of the health insurance companies and one in which patients themselves can feed in data.

Health card will come

The health card will "definitely come," Bär told the newspaper. "The electronic patient record will go into regular operation during this legislative period, ie by the end of 2021 at the latest." About the form should still be talked. "We need a digital application, best for the smartphone," said Bär.

Although Baer can speak for the Federal Government, responsible for the introduction of the electronic health card is, however, federal health minister Jens Spahn (CDU). He also promised that the electronic patient record should be available to all persons insured by law by 2021 at the latest; that's what the coalition agreement says.

Since the first announcement of the electronic health card in 2003, billions have been invested in the project and the start, which was originally planned for 2006, has been postponed ever further into the future.

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REF: https://www.zeit.de/politik/deutschland/2018-12/dorothee-baer-digitalisierungsbeauftragte-datenschutz-gesundheitswesen