New digitalisation strategy in Germany and current draft law in Israel

Building on the first policy briefing of the German Israeli Health Forum for Artificial Intelligence (GIHF-AI) on regulation for innovation-enabling use of health data in the European and Israeli context, this briefing highlights recent regulatory developments in Germany and Israel. Adv. Tamar Tavory, Special Counsel at Arnon, Tadmor-Levy, addresses the Israeli Ministry of Health’s current Draft Medical Information Portability Law in her guest contribution. This is contrasted with the main contents of the Digitalisation Strategy for Health and Care presented by the BMG at the beginning of March, with a focus on the topic of healthcare data use.

Germany’s healthcare system is decades behind in digitalization. We can no longer justify this. That’s why we’re making a fresh start – opening up electronic patient records for everyone, making electronic prescriptions suitable for everyday use, and facilitating research based on health data. Modern medicine is based on digitalization and data. Harnessing their benefits makes treatment better.”, said Federal Minister of Health Professor Karl Lauterbach at the Federal Press Conference as part of the presentation of the Digitalisation Strategy for Health and Care in March 2023.

In the following, the aspects of the digitalization strategy with regard to legislation on the use of healthcare data will be discussed. It also looks at the current legislative situation in Israel, which is decades ahead of Germany in terms of digitalization of healthcare.