Commission Recommendation on Cross-Border Interoperability of Electronic Health Record Systems

Article of the Month!

Commission Recommendation on Cross-Border Interoperability of Electronic Health Record SystemsThe Commission Recommendation on cross-border interoperability of electronic health record systems (hereinafter referred to as 'the Recommendation') has been drafted as a follow-up to the Community eHealth Action Plan which, in 2004, defined interoperability of electronic health records as one of the priorities for Member States in the roadmap annexed to the Action Plan.

The Recommendation is intended to support the premise that connecting people, systems and services is vital for the provision of good healthcare in Europe insofar as it is necessary to enable the free flow of patients as well as eHealth products and services, and hence may contribute significantly to the establishment and functioning of the internal market.

Recent developments in information and communications technology (ICT) systems and services in different Member States have resulted in a proliferation of incompatible ICT formats and standards in healthcare institutions. The resulting lack of interoperability (the ability to 'talk to each other') between health ICT systems in different regions and Member States causes problems for travelling persons and the health professionals who might treat them.

This lack of interoperability is a particular issue for the use of electronic health record systems (EHR systems), which are used to collect digital information about an individual's medical treatments over a certain period of time, perhaps even a lifetime. Fully interoperable EHR systems should make access to patients' information easier, as well as enhance the quality and safety of patient care throughout the Community by providing patients and health professionals with relevant and up-to-date information while ensuring protection of personal data and confidentiality.

When systems become more interoperable, the need for building safeguards against abuse grows as well. Health records are among the most sensitive records available containing information concerning an individual. The unauthorised disclosure of a medical condition or diagnosis could negatively impact an individual's personal and professional life. Maintaining health records in an electronic form increases the risk that patientsÂ’ information could be accidentally exposed or easily distributed to unauthorised parties.

Download Commission Recommendation on Cross-Border Interoperability of Electronic Health Record Systems (.pdf, 91 KB).

Download from the eHealthNews.EU Portal's mirror: Commission Recommendation on Cross-Border Interoperability of Electronic Health Record Systems (.pdf, 91 KB).

Related publication:

For further information:
ICT for Health
European Commission - Information society and Media DG
Office: BU31 06/73 B-1049 Brussels
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +32 2 296 41 94
Fax: +32 2 296 01 81
http://europa.eu/information_society/eHealth

Most Popular Now

Transforming Drug Discovery with AI

A new AI-powered program will allow researchers to level up their drug discovery efforts. The program, called TopoFormer, was developed by an interdisciplinary team led by Guowei Wei, a Michigan...

We may Soon be Able to Detect Cancer wit…

A new paper in Biology Methods & Protocols, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that it may soon be possible for doctors to use artificial intelligence (AI) to detect and...

Maternity Tech Launched to Help NHS Meas…

Health tech provider C2-Ai has formally launched a new 'observatory' system to help hospitals gain a better understanding of risks, outcomes and safety within maternity and neonatal services. Announced at the...

Large Language Models Illuminate a Progr…

This study is led by Prof. Bin Dong (Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research, Peking University) and Prof. Lin Shen (Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Translational...

Health Innovation East Partners with Cog…

Health Innovation East, the innovation arm of the NHS in the East of England and Cogniss, a no-code ecosystem for digital health solutions, have announced a strategic partnership to launch...

An AI-Powered Wearable System Tracks the…

Scientists at the University of Southern California have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered system to track tiny devices that monitor markers of disease in the gut. Devices using the novel...

"Self-Taught" AI Tool Helps to…

A computer program based on data from nearly a half-million tissue images and powered by artificial intelligence (AI) can accurately diagnose cases of adenocarcinoma, the most common form of lung...

New Computational Model of Real Neurons …

Nearly all the neural networks that power modern artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT are based on a 1960s-era computational model of a living neuron. A new model developed...

Meet CARMEN, a Robot that Helps People w…

Meet CARMEN, short for Cognitively Assistive Robot for Motivation and Neurorehabilitation - a small, tabletop robot designed to help people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) learn skills to improve memory...

AI Matches Protein Interaction Partners

Proteins are the building blocks of life, involved in virtually every biological process. Understanding how proteins interact with each other is crucial for deciphering the complexities of cellular functions, and...

AI Model to Improve Patient Response to …

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can help to select the most suitable treatment for cancer patients has been developed by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU). DeepPT, developed...

Mobile Phone Data Helps Track Pathogen S…

A new way to map the spread and evolution of pathogens, and their responses to vaccines and antibiotics, will provide key insights to help predict and prevent future outbreaks. The...