Electronic long-term archiving with time stamps at the Lahn-Dill clinics
In the course of establishing electronic patient records, the Lahn Dill clinics decided to introduce qualified electronic time stamps to ensure the integrity of the archived data.
Berlin 12.02.2018. The Lahn-Dill-Kliniken GmbH (LDKL) initiated a project for the introduction of electronic patient records (ePA), among other things with the goal of revision-safe archiving of all digital and paper-bound documents. In addition, all documents relevant to medical and nursing care should be mapped in the hospital information system (HIS) and transferred to the digital archiving system.
Especially against the background of revision-proof archiving, electronic signatures and timestamps play a central role. Their use enables the integrity and authenticity of digital data to be ensured, e.g. over a 30-year storage period.
Therefore, the Lahn-Dill clinics decided to introduce qualified electronic archive timestamps, which guarantee the legally compliant archiving of treatment-related data and documents, also against the background of questions of liability law. The basis for the implementation was a master thesis by Ms. Pfeiffer at the Technical University of Central Hesse, which was completed under the supervision of Mr. Hoim, the IT manager of the hospitals, with the title “Integration of electronic signatures for audit-proof long-term archiving as part of the implementation of the project for electronic patient records”.