Digitalization is inevitable. In every corner of the world, young and old are using smartphones to connect with family members, to perform banking transactions, shopping, watch a movie, listen to music, be updated with the latest news and so much more. Meanwhile, in the medical field, a new way of reaching out to the convenience and needs of patient has been answered. Now doctors are already allowed to give advise to their patients through video consultation and for them to be able to create an electronic prescription, will further complete the job.
According to the information gathered from the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, a new law which allows doctors to digitaly prepare drug prescriptions is what the Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is preparing and should be effective by 2020 at the latest. Health Minister Spahn also wants to require insurance companies and Kassenärztliche associations according to the report to agree to the rules so that the electronic prescription can be used immediately.
“Only the electronic prescription makes telemedicine, a successful project.” Spahn told the newspaper. That’s why he is now creating the framework so that patients could be prescribed medication in the future, even if they will only attend a video chat session. “Telemedicine saves doctors and patients time and ways – especially in the countryside and outside of normal office hours.”
Other matters such as technical details of storage and access by card or mobile app, cash registers, doctors and pharmacists are among the topics that Spahn wants to present at the Federal Cabinet’s Digital Exam.
Jens Spahn is a German politician currently serving as the Federal Minister of Health in the fourth Merkel cabinet. He is a member of the lower house of the federal parliament, the Bundestag. (German: Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestages, MdB) for Steinfurt I – Borken I and is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jens_Spahn) Spahn was the youngest member of the German parliament, having been elected in 2002 at age 22.