If digitization in healthcare is to progress, the patient must of course also meet a few requirements so that it can work:
- An electronic health card (eGK): The eGK is a card on which the patient’s personal medical data is stored. It is a prerequisite for using the e-prescription, as it serves as an identifier for the patient.
- Access to a digital device: The patient needs a digital device such as a computer, smartphone or tablet to receive and save the e-prescription.
- A secure connection to the internet: The patient needs a secure internet connection to be able to download and save the e-prescription. It is recommended to use an encrypted connection to ensure data security. Being in an open WiFi hotspot while using it is not advisable!
- Knowledge of how to use digital devices: The patient should have basic knowledge of how to use digital devices in order to be able to receive and save the e-prescription. If this is not the case, the patient can also ask relatives or friends for help or contact an advice center.
It is important to note that the e-prescription is not yet widely available and not all doctors and pharmacies are already using the system. The patient should therefore ask their doctor or pharmacy in advance whether the e-prescription is already available and whether they can use it.
In order to be able to use the e-prescription on your Smartphone, there are a few requirements that must be met:
- An e-prescription app: The smartphone requires an e-prescription app that has been approved by a certified body such as gematik (society for telematic applications of the health card).
- Current operating system: The smartphone must have a current operating system that meets the requirements of the e-prescription app. As a rule, these are the current versions of iOS or Android. Minimum iOS 14 or Android 7 operating system.
- Internet connection: An active Internet connection is required to receive the e-prescription and to be able to present it to the pharmacy.
- NFC functionality: Some e-prescription apps also require the smartphone’s NFC functionality to transfer the e-prescription directly to the reader in the pharmacy.
- Security: The e-prescription app must meet security requirements to ensure the protection of the user’s personal health information.
It’s important to note that the exact requirements may vary by e-prescription app and provider. It is advisable to find out about the exact requirements in advance from the respective e-prescription app.