European Commission wants to promote EU-wide medical records –

European Commission wants to promote EU-wide medical records –

The European Commission wants an EU-wide medical patient record called the European Health Data Area (EHDS). This should make it easier for citizens of EU Member States to get help if they get sick or have an accident in another EU country.

A doctor or other health care provider can review the patient’s medical history in their own language and tailor their treatment plan accordingly. The aim is to provide faster and more efficient medical assistance.

EU Commissioners Schinas (European Lifestyle) and Kyriakides (Health) emphasize that security and data protection are crucial from the start of the plan.

EU residents should have easy access to their medical records on file, for example to add information and correct inaccurate data, they should also be able to restrict others’ access to the record and determine how and for what purpose their data is used . use for.

The idea is that foreign doctors can only access the data with the patient’s consent.

Protect privacy

The Commission writes that to ensure that medical data can be easily shared with other countries, all Member States must ensure that patient records, test results, analyzes and other medical data are stored in a common European format.

Each Member State must also designate a “digital health authority” to ensure that data only reaches patients and healthcare providers who are entitled to it.

According to the Commission, the second purpose of the European health record is to facilitate EU-wide research in the field of public health.

Under certain conditions, researchers can access anonymized data from connected European citizens. The idea is that this will make scientific research easier and better respond to new pandemics.

Save billions through the stock market

An EU-wide patient registry is also expected to save Member States billions of dollars. According to the Commission, health services will become more efficient, resulting in savings of around €5.5 billion. About the same amount should be saved through more efficient data exchange for scientific research.

The European Commission wants the plan to come into force in 2025. Before this can happen, the European Parliament and the heads of government of the Member States must reach an agreement.

We used to talk in the Netherlands about a national electronic patient file (EPR). In 2011, it was rejected by the House of Representatives, partly for fear of privacy violations. Since then, there have been no plans for a nationwide platform to exchange patient data.

Source: NOS