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The e-prescription enables further new digital applications. From the medication reminder to the medication plan with built-in interaction check. This makes it easy to check whether all drugs are compatible with one another.

The law with which Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn introduces the e-prescription in health care is the "Law for the Protection of Electronic Patient Data in the Telematics Infrastructure (Patient Data Protection Act - PDSG)". The law came into force on October 20, 2020. This specifies the mandatory use of the e-prescription when prescribing prescription drugs from January 2022. The secure telematics infrastructure in the healthcare sector will be used to transmit the e-prescription. Patients can decide whether they want to manage their e-prescription via smartphone and a secure e-prescription app and send it digitally to the pharmacy of their choice, or whether they want the access data required to redeem their e-prescription in the doctor's office as Hard copy should be handed over.

In addition to the e-prescription for prescription drugs, all other services such as remedies, aids or home nursing care are to be gradually prescribed electronically in the future. In order to be able to use the secure telematics infrastructure for the transmission of the prescriptions, this will be gradually expanded with the Digital Supply Act and the Patient Data Protection Act.

With the Digital Supply Act, insured persons have a new right to be supplied with digital health applications. So that prescriptions can be transmitted electronically, the Second Act for the Protection of the Population in the Event of an Epidemic Situation of national scope provides for regulations that enable health insurers to test the electronic transmission of prescriptions for digital health applications.