The electronic medication treatment plan (eMP)

The electronic medical treatment plan will make it possible to store all the information about prescribed medication in a single place on the electronic medical data card (eGK). This facilitates cooperation between doctors, dentists, hospitals, therapists and pharmacists.

At a glance

  • People covered by statutory health insurance will in future be entitled to a medication treatment plan (eMP).
  • The eMP is stored on the electronic medical data card (eGK).
  • The eMP provides easier access to information about prescribed medicines and dosages.
  • People can independently decide whether or not the electronic medication treatment plan is stored on the medical data card.
  • The electronic medication treatment plan facilitates cooperation between doctors, therapists and pharmacists thereby also benefiting patients.
Electronic medication plan (eMP): older woman holding a plastic dosette box. The box is labeled “Thursday”. One of the compartments contains an oval tablet and a capsule.

What is an electronic medication treatment plan (eMP)?

If multiple forms of medication are taken in parallel, it can be difficult to maintain a clear overview: what has already been prescribed and in which dosage? This information is often important to prevent possible interactions.

To provide medical practices, therapists, hospitals and pharmacies with reliable access to key information, this will in future be compiled in an electronic medication treatment plan (eMP) and stored on the electronic medical data card.

When is there an entitlement to an electronic medication treatment plan?

Ever since 2016, people covered by statutory insurance have sometimes been entitled to receive a paper version of a medication treatment plan from doctors.

Patients are eligible for a medication plan if they have been taking 3 different drugs for more than 28 days.

The decisive factor for this entitlement is that the prescribed medication needs to be taken for at least 28 days. The prescription also has to include at least 3 forms of medication that work systemically, i.e. affect the entire body. These are generally drugs that are ingested or injected and therefore spread throughout the body.

These requirements for the paper medication treatment plan now also apply to the electronic format.

Use of the electronic medication treatment plan

The electronic medication treatment plan is one of the new applications offered by the electronic medical data card. In addition to emergency information, this can in future also be used to store a personal medication treatment plan on request.

To use the e-medication treatment plan, you have to provide your one-off consent to its general use in your medical practice, a dental practice or a pharmacy. Your health card and a PIN that you receive from your health insurance company are also required.

The medical practice or pharmacy can then enter the relevant information as data in the e-medication treatment plan.

What are the advantages of the electronic medication treatment plan?

The electronic medication treatment plan helps make it safer to take multiple forms of medication. This is because doctors and even pharmacists can determine the existence of incompatibilities more quickly, for example. It is also easier for them to detect interactions between different forms of medication.

The e-medication treatment plan is useful, for example, if:

  • a patient purchases over-the-counter medication.
  • new forms of medication need to be prescribed.
  • a repeat prescription is required.
  • allergies or intolerances need to be considered in relation to drug treatment.
  • side effects occur.
  • the trade names of drugs change.

What information does the electronic medication treatment plan contain?

An electronic medical plan (eMP) includes master data, prescribed drugs, medication-related data, medication and active ingredients, instructions for use, prior medication.

In addition to the prescribed medication, the electronic medication treatment plan also contains information of relevance to the treatment. This includes:

  • master data (name, date of birth etc.)
  • medication-related data (e.g. allergies, intolerances or pre-existing conditions)
  • the medication (prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including their active substances)
  • information about usage (dose, administration method and time, frequency)
  • previous medication

Important: Only people in certain professions are authorized to read your e-medication treatment plan: doctors, psychotherapists, pharmacists and their employees. Furthermore, you must provide these with your consent for every use.

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