Electronic Health Records

A Key Enabler for Ehealth

Published in: Institute For Prospective Technological Studies, v. 81, Feb. 2004, p. 21-26

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2004

by Andreas Ligtvoet

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ISSUE: Electronic health records open up new options for healthcare delivery: better access to relevant information, consultation and cooperation between healthcare providers, and monitoring and care delivery at the patient's home. However, issues of confidentiality and privacy need to be balanced with the requirements for increased communication between medical practitioners. RELEVANCE: If the health applications enabled by electronic health records are to be taken up, they will need widespread consensus among all stakeholders (public authorities, medical professionals and patients). This will focused and coordinated action at both national and EU-level.

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