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E-Health Strategy: Why we need an Integrated Approach for Europe

From electronic patient records to telemedicine: The digitalization of healthcare in the countries of the European Union is progressing at different speeds. It is true that there are a large number of promising European initiatives dealing with e-health. However, a clear, European vision is still lacking. In an impulse paper, we are calling for an integrated European e-health strategy. The paper shows why the EU will benefit from a single e-health market – and how a common e-health vision could be successfully implemented.

Freedom of information: The extroverted sibling of defensive data protection

Data already circulating in the healthcare system should be used by research and patient information professionals in a more comprehensive and resolute manner; this is the stance taken by the Hamburg-based healthcare expert Prof. Jonas Schreyögg in his guest article on our blog. In a report commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the extent to which this is legally permissible – and perhaps even necessary – is taken up by two Regensburg-based law scholars, Thorsten Kingreen and Jürgen Kühling. In their summary, the two authors propose the following course of action: We should begin by ensuring “data transparency” (as stipulated by § 303a-e in Germany’s Social Security Code or SGB V), then facilitate the use of existing comprehensive inpatient data (by ordinance or directive) at the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI), and then extend (by law) the data volume to include outpatient structural and billing data. This article summarizes the main findings of their expert assessment.