Support hotline for customers: +49 9171 / 96 71 99

Topic digitization

The electronic patient record (ePA): This is how much potential it offers physicians

The electronic patient record (ePA) has been available since January 1, 2021 in Germany. Its use is still voluntary, but it will be mandatory from 2024. Read this article to find out how radiologists, hospitals and other healthcare providers will benefit from the ePA.

Ein Arzt blickt gemeinsam mit einer Patientin mit Kopftuch auf ein Tablet und zeigt ihr z.B. Untersuchungsergebnisse aus ihrer elektronischen Patientenakte

The problem: Health data is stored in different places in medical practices

You are probably familiar with this from your own day-to-day practice: sharing diagnoses often involves a considerable amount of administrative work - and each practice or location keeps to its own findings. In this way, revealing knowledge about the patient's state of health cannot be developed on an interdisciplinary basis.


The three advantages of the ePA at a glance

This is changing with the electronic patient file: it brings with it a great deal of potential for medical practices and hospitals. The biggest advantages are obvious:

1. Quick and easy access to patient information

Gone are the long days of leafing through medical records or requesting reports from colleagues: The ePA provides a comprehensive overview of a patient's health status, including previous diagnoses, medications and treatments.

Language barriers or dementia in patients can also make decisions more difficult because you, as a physician, may have incomplete information. However, if you work with the electronic patient file, you have access to the released data of your colleagues at any time. This allows you to make better informed decisions and, for example, prevent drug interactions or adjust your treatment accordingly.

Männlicher Arzt am Schreibtisch liest etwas und denkt darüber nach

2. Reduced workload

The big advantage of the ePA is that it stores all information centrally, eliminating the need for cumbersome switching between different systems. The result: you can concentrate on the essentials, namely patient care.

This should put an end to the times when saving or reading in findings held up processes in practices, patient IDs posed puzzles or queries to another practice took up unnecessary time.

In short: With the electronic patient file, the administrative effort decreases considerably.

3. Simplified communication

The ePA not only offers you advantages in your everyday practice, but also when communicating with other healthcare providers. The stored information can be exchanged quickly and easily. This means that everyone involved is always up to date, and decisions can be better coordinated.

The image data issue

However, one problem remains for the time being: So far, the legislator does not provide for physicians such as radiologists to store image data in their patient's electronic medical record. Although this should be possible at some point, the medical information objects (MIO) have not yet been specified for this purpose.

However, images are essential for the diagnosis, for example in the context of a follow-up, especially in chronically ill people.

Telepaxx already enables image data exchange

Since we at Telepaxx are also aware of the importance of image data, we already offer a pragmatic solution for physicians to store image data in the ePA: 

A PDF file saved in the electronic patient record with QR link to the image data. You save this file in our GDPR-compliant, cloud-based patient portal.

However, images are essential for the diagnosis, for example in the context of a follow-up, especially in chronically ill people.

Conclusion: Use the ePA already now to store image data

From our point of view, it is clear: You as a healthcare provider can already position yourself well to use the ePA to add value. For radiologists in particular, we see great potential if you already use the record in combination with our Cloud solution for image data.

After all, word gets around among colleagues and patients when your service and thus cooperation with you is so straightforward.

FAQs about the ePA

The issue of data protection is naturally a particular focus of attention with the ePA. Only authorized persons have access to the electronic patient record. These primarily include doctors, but other healthcare providers such as nurses or pharmacists can also access the ePA under certain conditions. Access is via a special system that ensures secure authentication and encrypted transmission of data.

The data in the ePA is collected by various healthcare facilities such as hospitals, doctors' offices or pharmacies and stored in the ePA. The data is recorded in a standardized format to ensure uniform recording and transmission.

The ePA can be viewed by any authorized physician, whether the patient changes doctors or not. This allows the new physician to quickly and easily access all relevant health information and adjust treatment accordingly.

Data security is an important aspect of the ePA. The ePA is based on a secure infrastructure that ensures encrypted transmission of data and secure authentication of users. The data is stored and processed in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations.