The Telematics Infrastructure (TI) connects all stakeholders involved in the statutory health insurance scheme. This means that doctor’s practices, hospitals and other medical facilities can exchange digital information securely and quickly. Only authorized institutions and registered users can access the Telematics Infrastructure using a connector and a card terminal. Authorized hospitals wishing to access the infrastructure must identify themselves using the SMC-B card for medical practices and institutions. Individuals, i.e. medical staff, identify themselves using the electronic Health Professional Card (eHPC). Both cards are produced by D‑TRUST, the trust service provider of the Bundesdruckerei Group. Once connected to the TI, users have access to various solutions including emergency data management, the electronic medication plan, the electronic patient file, communication in the medical sector as well as ePrescription. Both access and communication are always encrypted in order to protect sensitive patient data. What’s more, the eHPC can be used to digitally sign discharge letters and other documents in a legally recognized manner – a further step towards setting up entirely digital processes.