No matter which infectious disease, the quick reporting of it to the responsible federal authority, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin, is getting more important than ever. The notification process is expected to be simplified and optimised following the successful implementation of a pilot project, the aim of which was to transmit encrypted messages to the health authorities with the click of a mouse. The test phase of the project was successfully implemented in the Rhein-Kreiss Neuss by the public and private organisations that participated. The reporting doctors, laboratories and hospitals were able to send electronically the sensitive medical data to the local health department, which in turn ensured that the RKI was timely informed about infectious diseases via federal state authorities.