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Estonia and Germany celebrate cooperation in eHealth

On 12th of February 2020, the Estonian Embassy in Berlin hosted the German-Estonian Future Forum on digital healthcare solutions.

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The main speaker of the event was the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, MdB.

Herr Spahn and all the guests were first introduced to Optica’s eRezept solution, which was created in cooperation with Nortal. eRezept is a secure, transparent and scalable electronic prescription solution that puts the patient at the center and simplifies processes for everyone involved.

In his speech, Federal Minister Spahn emphasized the importance of cooperation between European countries both in creating eHealth solutions and in promoting understanding of how to use digital health data. Estonia is an outstanding example in this field from whom others can learn from and with whom to cooperate with in creating high level solutions in digital healthcare.

Estonian parliament member and former healthcare minister Riina Sikkut explained in her speech how digital prescription and related solutions solved many problems for patients and doctors, and how that was the key to digital prescription’s success.

Dr. Markus Leyck Dieken from gematik spoke about focusing the organization’s work on supporting doctors and patients with solving their everyday problems. He believes that gematik has to learn how to think like Estonians to be successful in digital healthcare.

Marcus May from Optica said that Optica has worked with many IT companies, but Optica’s partner in the eRezept project, Nortal, has very high motivation and determination in finding the best, not necessarily the easiest solutions.

Frank Dastych from the Association of Statutory Health Insurance for Physicians in Hessen also said he would advise doctors’ unions from other federal states to cooperate with Estonians and Nortal, to find the best digital solutions for them.

The German-Estonian Future Forum proved that the cooperation between Estonia and Germany in the field of digital healthcare solutions is close and successful. We hope that this cooperation will also contribute to the development of many new practical solutions in Germany, where Estonia’s years of experience in developing patient-friendly services can be used.

Nortal has played a major role in the success of eHealth in Estonia and has also successfully exported this formula to other countries. For example, Nortal developed the National Health Record (NHR) system in Lithuania. It enabled the country to switch from paper medical prescriptions to electronic prescriptions. Within the first 12 months of implementation, the percentage of prescriptions issued through this service increased from 1 to 32 percent. Today, approximately ten million electronic prescriptions are issued annually and the paperless system allows patients to obtain their prescriptions at any pharmacy by presenting a valid ID card.

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  • Taavi Einaste

    Head of Nortal Germany

    An expert in exporting world’s leading digitalization expertise across borders, Taavi Einaste established Nortal in Abu Dhabi in 2017 and Germany in 2018. Since joining Nortal in 2010, he has led Nortal’s digital healthcare practice globally and worked on numerous large-scale projects and reforms in healthcare as well as public and private sectors. To find out more about Nortal’s offering in digital transformation in Germany, contact him via email.

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