State of Developing Electronic Patient Summaries in European Union Member States and Beyond

Analysis of the situation of electronic patient summaries in European Union Member States and beyondThe report analyses the current state of developing electronic patient summaries in European Union Member States and beyond. It highlights the benefits of such summaries and also the difficulties that need to be overcome to make use of patient summaries in different countries.

Patient Summaries are a key component for eHealth roadmaps in several countries.

The concept of a Patient Summary is not yet universal and fixed, and thus the features of the summaries largely depend on the eHealth programme in which they are embedded. The overall scenarios for deployment of Patient Summaries depend on strategic decisions in each national and regional jurisdiction, which influence the format and the usage of clinical documents.

Besides Patient Summaries, most eHealth programmes also involve various kinds of clinical documents in electronic formats, such as prescriptions and diagnostic reports. A precondition for the success of patient summaries is the deployment of suitable infrastructures to identify citizens and professionals, to make available repositories and registries for the management of clinical documents across healthcare facilities, and to apply confidentiality measures.

All results will consecutively be made available at the eHealth ERA website (www.ehealth-era.org).

The report is the outcome of research in the context of eHealth ERA, which is implemented by empirica GmbH (co-ordinating partner, Germany), STAKES (Finland), CITTRU (Poland), ISC III (Spain), CNR (Italy) and EPSRC (United Kingdom), based on a Coordination Action contract with the European Commission.

Download "Analysis of the situation of electronic patient summaries in European Union Member States and beyond" eHealth ERA Report(.pdf, 308 KB)

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

West Midlands to Digitally Transform Can…

NHS patients throughout the West Midlands are to benefit from a digital pathology programme, designed to help reduce cancer backlogs, transform services, and improve the speed and accuracy of cancer...

AI Transforms Smartwatch ECG Signals int…

A study published in Nature Medicine reports the ability of a smartwatch ECG to accurately detect heart failure in nonclinical environments. Researchers at Mayo Clinic applied artificial intelligence (AI) to...

Siemens Healthineers Splits Fast-Growing…

Siemens Healthineers is splitting its Asia Pacific operations into two to allow both China and the rest of the region to achieve their full potential. China, now its own region...

Siemens Healthineers Presents Two Revolu…

7 Tesla (T) Magnetom Terra.X(1) will offer excellent imaging of even the smallest structures 3T Magnetom Cima.X(2) more than doubles the gradient amplitude(3) AI algorithms which can reduce scanning...

3D Protein Structure Predictions Made by…

In a living being, proteins make up roughly everything: from the molecular machines running every cell's metabolism, to the tip of your hair. Encoded in the DNA, a protein may...

New Group to Advance Digital Twins in He…

EDITH (Ecosystem for Digital Twins in Healthcare) Coordination and Support Action (CSA) - a group made up of numerous internationally renowned research institutions, professional associations, companies, and hospitals of excellence...

Willingness to Use Video Telehealth Incr…

Americans' use and willingness to use video telehealth has increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, rising most sharply among Black Americans and people with less education, according to...

Evaluating Use of New AI Technology in D…

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, University of Minnesota researchers led a study evaluating federated learning variations for COVID-19 diagnosis in chest x-rays. Federated learning is...

DMEA Call for Papers: Supporting Digital…

25 - 27 April 2023, Berlin, Germany. Health meets digitalisation: from 25 to 27 April 2023 at DMEA - Connecting Digital Health, all actors aiming to promote health IT will be...

Machine Learning can Help Predict Patien…

Predicting which patients will respond well to treatment is a quandary that has plagued the field of cancer immunotherapy for more than four decades. Now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins...

MEDICA 2022 and COMPAMED 2022: Internati…

14 - 17 November 2022, Düsseldorf, Germany. Next week sees the return of the date marked in extra thick outline in many yearly calendars of the international health and medical technology...

MEDICA and COMPAMED Present Themselves a…

14 - 17 November 2022, Düsseldorf, Germany. MEDICA and COMPAMED continue to develop in an extremely vital manner. The world's leading medical trade fair and the international No. 1 for the...