The Hospital Future Act – Funding for the Digitalisation of German hospitals in 2021

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The Covid emergency has shown us that we need a well-equipped, flexible and modern healthcare system that is able to quickly adapt to changes and be resistant enough to handle the influx of patients during a pandemic. The KHZG provides a unique opportunity for healthcare providers and hospitals to modernize their existing systems and create new ones that are better adapted to the digital age and uncertain futures with new digitalisation tools.

Beginning in 2021, the German federal and state governments started to offer grants for the digitalization of hospitals in accordance with the Hospital Future Act (KHZG). This money is used to support projects that are intended to modernize and sustainably improve emergency supplies, infrastructures, and IT security.

The Hospital Future Act (KHZG) is a law passed in September 2020. The law corresponds to the implementation of the “Hospitals Future Program” decided by the federal government in June 2020 and is intended to make a significant contribution to digitization in the healthcare sector. To modernize the health system and improve patient care, the KHZG provides for the establishment of a hospital future fund (KHZF) at the Federal Social Security Office (BAS). Starting in January 2021, a total of 4.3 billion euros will be paid into the KHZF. Of this, 3 billion euros are provided by the federal government and 1.3 billion euros by the federal states.

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