Germany is aiming to make eGovernment services and online business transactions simpler, and more secure. One way to achieve this is to create trust services, electronic signatures and registered electronic messages that are based on European requirements and standards. This is one of the measures proposed in an online ‘White Paper on Digital Platforms’, published last month by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI).
The ministry also wants to increase efforts “to speed up the modernisation of our administrative services to establish more efficient eGovernment.” Measures include a rapid adoption of the Act on Open Data and the provision of more data from the administrations for use by start-ups and established companies.
“We are ensuring that the newest reform on the procurement law for EU-wide auctions, which introduced the obligatory e-procurement law, is applied as soon as possible. We are helping digital procurement procedures underneath EU thresholds make their way into all German procurement bodies”, the Ministry writes in its online white paper, published on 23 March.
BMWI also wants to speed up digitalisation in the healthcare industry. “For this, we are supporting model projects through our Smart Networks Initiative. We are also promoting the testing of new digital technologies and eHealth applications in what are known as real-life laboratories. By funding start-ups, we are supporting innovative concepts for digital healthcare”, the ministry writes.
From the White Paper:
The E-Health Act has set out binding deadlines for the introduction of the electronic health file. This health file is key for the use of digitalisation in the healthcare sector. We are working on a fast implementation. The E-Health Act also foresees fixed deadlines for setting out billing codes for remote healthcare services. Their absence presents a large gap to digitalisation in the healthcare sector and we are supporting a quick implementation in the standard care models.
These actions are part of “twelve points on the digital future” - the Action Programme on Digitalisation, “which is to turn the Digital Strategy 2025 into reality”, the ministry writes.