Berlin - The Union wants to show its colors more strongly in e-health and intervene more strongly in controversial issues. This emerges from drafted by the health politician Tino Sorge (CDU) (“The digitalization of the health system resolutely advance”), which the working group on health of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group decided today. In addition, Sorge, who has been member of the Health Committee since 2013, suggests national e-health strategy process moderated by politicians. Several large industrial associations from the health sector had recently spoken out in favor of this.
"In terms of digitization, we need more legal clarity in this legislature, more team spirit, but above all more political leadership and order," said the Magdeburg member of the Bundestag . Digital progress should no longer be slowed down by delays, unclear responsibilities or legal uncertainty.
Define framework conditions
According to the 10-point paper, the challenges that are to be addressed in the course of the E-Health Act 2.0 include, in particular, the creation of interoperability, the networking of medical research and patient care, and the implementation of contemporary data protection law. "We need modern understanding of data in which innovation and data protection complement each other in meaningful way," explained Sorge.
For new digital solutions, financing and reimbursement issues would also have to be clarified together with the federal states. "We urge the federal states to increase their investments in digital care - in the inpatient sector and in networking with outpatient service providers," says the paper. The promotion of digital applications from funds from the hospital structure fund provided for in the immediate care program is expressly welcomed.
In addition, from the point of view of health politicians, further efforts are necessary to secure Germany as an e-health location in an EU comparison. For example, new funding models, cost allocation regulations and more flexible options for market access are to be examined for digital innovations with evident additional benefits for medical care.
Realignment of gematik
In order to avoid time-consuming conflicts within self-administration in the implementation of planned digitization projects in the future, it should be more the task of politics than before to “promote the balance between conflicting interests , to regulate and, if necessary, to take corrective action ”.
According to the position paper, this primarily involves realignment of gematik.In future, it will be responsible for the technical standards and specifications and become the central authority for interoperability. In addition, the responsibilities for the operational and IT security of the telematics infrastructure are to be defined more clearly.