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Volume: 4 Issue: 9
(September 2017)

proposed amendments outsourcing germany step forward medical sector outsourcing cloud computing general use external service providers subject regulatory obstacles germany

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Proposed amendments to outsourcing in Germany: a step forward for the medical sector

Outsourcing, cloud computing and the general use of external service providers has been subject to regulatory obstacles in Germany for quite some time. Persons subject to professional secrecy, such as medical practitioners, pharmacists, and psychologists etc, need to comply with strict requirements under the German Criminal Code. This has led to various discussions and workarounds, but also to a high degree of uncertainty. Thanos Rammos, Salary Partner at Taylor Wessing, considers the impact of proposed amendments to the German Criminal Code approved by the Bundestag on 29 June 2017 which, if approved by the Bundesrat, could enable companies from the medical and insurance sectors to make wider use of outsourcing and cloud services.

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