E-recipe comes: pick up medication with a smartphone-time now clear

Every day, 500 million recipes for prescription drugs are issued every day. The slip economy should now come to an end.

Berlin (dpa)-The paper industry around medical recipes should end. The semi-governmental company Gematik is now committed to this. A unanimous decision of your shareholders has now led to a regional step model. The Federal Ministry of Health and Medical and Clinic Organizations were also involved.

E recipe comes: Pilot project in two regions start soon-the goal is to use extensive use

In Westphalia-Lippe and in Schleswig-Holstein, pilot procedures are to start on September 1, in which more and more practices and clinics are to be participated step by step and finally a nationwide use is to be achieved.

Originally, the e-recipe was supposed to become a mandatory nationwide in January 2022. The current ambition level is still far from that. Nevertheless, the decision is one step forward. Because it becomes clear that doctors and hospitals should gradually come into the shower.

E recipe comes: recipe as a code on the smartphone-digital recipe

With the e-recipe, legally insured persons no longer receive pink pieces of paper, but a code on your smartphone with which you receive the desired medication from the pharmacy. If you do not have the necessary app or do not use a smartphone, you get the code printed out on a piece of paper.

The doctors and clinkers do not necessarily have to participate in the three-month pilot process in the two regions. However, if the gematics shareholders rate the regional introduction as a success, the use of e-recipes from December would be bindingly prescribed-a blockade keeping could then take revenge.

The paperless recipe is a mammoth project in digitization of the healthcare system. For a long time, it was at all-in the snail’s pace. A test phase in Berlin-Brandenburg last year was a flop. The start of a nationwide test phase, where practices can voluntarily participate, delayed and then only ran slowly.

Sharp criticism of the project came from the medical profession, they feared implementation problems in everyday life. There were also reservations among health insurance companies and pharmacists. In addition, there was a shortage of software updates. In December, the competitive launch scheduled for the turn of the year was canceled.

e-recipe comes: So far only a few e-recipes are redeemed

In the nationwide trial phase running so far, only 24,000 e-recipes were redeemed in six months. Measured by around 500 million recipes annually, which are issued on paper in Germany, this is a negligible proportion. After all, the curve of the digital prescriptions points up. The specifications now decided should lead to more speed.

Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) praised the e-recipe on Wednesday as a profit for patients, doctors and pharmacists. Medicinal security and saves time and paths increase. The e-recipe will prove itself in practice and then quickly apply nationwide, said the minister. It is the beginning of the overdue digital revolution in our health system.

The gematic decision also affects the pharmacy. From September 1, the nationwide obligation to accept digital prescription. Much of the pharmacies are already ready. The German Pharmacist Association welcomed the guidelines of the Gematik.

We face the digital transformation and are for the consistent introduction of the e-recipe, said the association chairman Thomas Dittrich. In the next three months, the pharmacies will now also train their staff completely so that hardware, software and their professional operation can interlock smoothly.

E recipe comes: Doctors and pharmacies are still skeptical

The pharmacies are concerned about retaxations: that they give a medication, but will not get the expected money from the health insurers later. However, such a case is not known to the gematics in the digital prescriptions that have been redeemed so far.

Among doctors, the skepticism is a big-sie fear everyday problems, should it be HAPERN with the technology. The Federal President of the German General Practitioner Association, Ulrich Weigigeldt, registered with relief that no compulsory date was decided for the practices. He questioned whether such a duty is necessary (more about digital at doctors).

If the application works and offers added value for the patients and the doctors, the e-recipe will prevail all by itself, he said. A compulsion to use would give the impression that those responsible themselves are not completely convinced of the added value of the application.