Milestone in German E-Health

July, 2018

A new milestone will be reached this August in the digital transformation of the German healthcare system, when statutory and private health insurance companies launch “Vivy,” the country’s first electronic health record. The app – which is both free of charge and voluntary – is an electronic health record and digital assistant in one. Insured persons can easily store health data on it, such as letters from physicians, lab results, medication plans, emergency data and vaccination information. The data is comprehensively secured with end-to-end encryption, and the user decides what is shared with whom. The app also has a reminder function for taking medication and doctor’s appointments. Other benefits for the up to 25 million potential users are the reduction of multiple treatments, better recognition of drug intolerances, and a more targeted definition of therapies taking into account previous illnesses.

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