DiPA - the new digital application in nursing care in Germany

A DiPA is a digital care application that is designed to help patients cope better with everyday care. DiPAs can be used by care recipients to stabilize or improve their own state of health through exercises (e.g., fall risk prevention, personalized memory games for people with dementia). They can also improve communication with family members and care professionals. DiPAs can be used either as an app on mobile devices (e.g. smartphone, tablet) or as a browser-based web application on a computer or laptop.

DiPAs will not be available by prescription. In order for a digital nursing app to be reimbursed by the long-term care insurance fund, it must have been included in the directory for digital long-term care aids. Only the DiPAs listed there will be reimbursed. Anyone who wants to use a DiPA in the future must submit an application to the long-term care insurance fund to have the costs covered. The care insurance fund will pay up to 50 euros per month for a digital nursing application in this case.

The draft law on digital nursing aids

DiPAs have not yet been reimbursed, as the legislative process for this has not yet been completed. It is planned that there will be a digital nursing aid directory (in German: Verzeichnis für Digitale Pflegeanwendungen, also called directory for digital long-term care aids) in the future, in which the reimbursable DiPAs will be listed. In mid-November 2020, the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) published a draft law on the digital modernization of care and nursing (DVPMG). The draft law is expected to come into force soon.

IGES Digital is monitoring this legislative project. We support the developers of digital care applications in preparing the application for the expected procedure for listing in the digital nursing aids directory.

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