DiGA • App on prescription

Digital health application

DiGA stands for digital health application. This makes Germany the first country in the world to offer apps on prescription. Read here how this works and which apps are available for which diseases.

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What are DiGAs?

DiGA is short for digital health application. These include apps that are approved as medical devices and can be prescribed by the doctor. In 2020, the Digital Supply Act came into force in Germany, guaranteeing all those with statutory health insurance the right to digital therapy support.

In order for an app to be eligible for reimbursement, it must go through a test procedure by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). A DiGa is then a registered medical product with CE marking.

The DiGA, i.e. app, is intended to support the treatment.

Which DiGAs are there?

Which digital health applications are currently approved can be found on the website of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices in one Directory of DiGAs listed.

There are currently DiGAs for the following diseases and areas of application (as of April 30, 2021):

Prescription and assumption of costs for DiGAs

Digital health applications can be prescribed by doctors and psychotherapists. For this purpose, a prescription is made out on paper, with which the person concerned can contact the health insurance company. The health insurance company then issues a code with which the app can be activated for the prescription period. If the prescription period has expired, a new prescription can be issued if this appears reasonable.

Another option for coverage is for insured persons with the diagnosis already made to contact their health insurance company directly and ask for the costs to be covered.

Most apps registered as DiGA can also be used at your own expense.

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Source: Lifeline | Das Gesundheitsportal by www.lifeline.de.

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