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Title: The telematics infrastructure: the backbone of the German e-Health card.
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Other Authors: Zwicker, Manuel
Seitz, Juergen
Keywords: Electronic Health Card
Electronic Prescription
Emergency Data
Telematics Infrastructure
Electronic Health Professional Card
Electronic Kiosk
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Healthcare Costs
E-Health Solutions
Healthcare Systems
Data Protection
Data Security
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Epworth Research Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: IGI Global
Citation: International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives. 2011; 3(4): 16-26
Abstract: Today all OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries are faced with the challenge of escalating healthcare costs. Most are agreed that e-health appears to offer a solution and thus we are witnessing the design, development and implementation of various e-health solutions. This is also true in Germany where the current focus is on the new e-health card concept. It is anticipated that the introduction of this e-health card will totally change the current healthcare system within Germany, primarily because it offers several new functions. Some of these functions are mandatory, while other functions are optional. Such an initiative however, brings with it several advantages and disadvantages. A particularly sensitive aspect here concerns data protection and data security. To address this consideration, the development of a new telematics infrastructure is critical and in some respects the backbone for the e-health card. Thus, the following provides an assessment of the telematics infrastructure behind the German e-health card.
DOI: 10.4018/jhdri.2011100102
ISSN: 1938-0216
Journal Title: International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI)
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
DHBW Heidenheim, Heidenheim, Germany
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Exploratory Qualitative Design
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