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by Jonas Butt3 Min.

The Hospital Future Act - Your Financial Boost for Digitisation

The digital future is here, and with the Hospital Future Act (Krankenhauszukunftsgesetz or KHZG), healthcare institutions are being offered a unique opportunity to secure funding for their IT projects. Starting from January 1, 2021, a total of 4.3 billion euros are being made available by the German federal government and the individual states. This article provides key information about the Hospital Future Act, including its main objectives, deadlines, and the Qunosuite solution eligible for funding.

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The Contents and Objectives of the Hospital Future Act

The Hospital Future Act addresses various aspects related to the distribution of financial resources for digitalisation projects and mandates the compulsory implementation of these projects by January 1, 2025. Additionally, the act includes provisions for evaluating the digital maturity of healthcare institutions.

The primary objective of the KHZG is to modernise hospitals with a specific focus on in-patient emergency care, the establishment of nationwide standards, promoting connectivity within the healthcare sector, and enhancing the quality of medical care for the benefit of patients. The act also aims to improve IT security within hospitals. Digitalisation is seen as a means to simplify internal processes and reduce the workload on medical staff.

Applying for Funding Step by Step

The funding opportunities provided by the Hospital Future Act came into effect on January 1, 2021. Hospital operators can already begin to declare their need for financial support to their respective federal states. The funding guidelines were officially approved at the end of November 2020, allowing applicants to submit their requests. Applications can be submitted to the Federal Office for Social Security (BAS) until December 31, 2024.

Below we have summarised the most important steps on the way to funding from the KHZG:

1. Declaration of Need

In each federal state, there is a designated authority for applying for funding. The hospital operator, possibly the university hospital, submits their funding needs through a declaration of need, utilising forms provided by the BAS.

2. Funding Application

In the second step, the federal state submits a funding application to the BAS for the hospital operator's project. Within three months of the declaration of need, the state decides which projects are eligible for funding and requests funding from the BAS. Applicants must adhere to state-specific submission deadlines during the application process.

3. Projects Eligible for Funding

The funding guidelines outline a total of eleven categories for eligible projects. Each category has both optional and mandatory criteria. If a funding application is approved, the projects must be completed by January 1, 2025, or risk potential deductions in funding.

Requirements for Funding

To be eligible for funding under the KHZG, healthcare institutions must meet the following criteria:

  • Not be a purely private clinic.

  • Initiate the project after September 2, 2020.

  • Complete the project by December 31, 2024.

  • Comply with EU state aid regulations.

  • Utilise internationally recognised standards for semantic interoperability.

  • Implement electronic patient records in line with § 341 of the German Social Security Code (SGB V).

  • Maintain IT security according to current industry standards.

  • Adhere to data protection regulations and § 373 of the SGB V.

  • Use the telematics infrastructure (if available).

If you are interested in seeking funding for your digitalisation projects under the Hospital Future Act, it is essential to start planning early to ensure timely implementation. We are here to support you and offer comprehensive guidance throughout the process. Get in touch with us for further assistance. Your journey toward a digitally enhanced healthcare future begins here.

Further links

The wording of the law can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health. You will also find all information on the funding guidelines, deadlines and comprehensive FAQs.

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