The German Government has recently adopted a law that will allow the prescription of mobile health applications with statutory health insurance providers picking up the cost.
The new digital supply law will mean that health apps are provisionally reimbursed for one year following prescription and a data security, data protection, and functionality check by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BrArM).
“Many patients are already using health apps that help them, for example, to take their medicines regularly or to document their blood sugar levels. In the future, they can have such apps prescribed by their doctor. The costs are paid by the statutory health insurance.
The law will also encourage clinicians to provide more information about telemedicine online.” – BMG – Bundesministerium für Gesundheit (Federal Ministry of Health)
For more information about reimbursement in Germany, see MAP Online.