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In 2020, 13.5 million Europeans lived in another EU country and received treatment there as needed. The common health database being created in the European Union is set to play a decisive role in improving the medical care of the patient abroad through the secure and collaborative exchange of medical information.
The ecosystem under construction is based on two cross-border services: [email protected] (it already exists) and a brand new one[email protected]
“[email protected] will allow medical professionals to access important information from another country, for example, a pharmacist will be able to see prescriptions written in another country,” explained Licinio Custra Manu, adviser to the European Commission on the formation of a single data space. “It is important for a doctor in a hospital to be able to look at the patient's medical history, find out if he has allergies, what vaccinations he has, what medications he is taking.”
Medical documentation is translated into the language of the country where the patient is working doctor. This allows European citizens traveling within the EU to receive medical care just as if they were at home.
Some of the [email protected] options, such as e-prescriptions and a brief description of the patient's health, are already available in 10 European countries. In the next few years, the practice will take root throughout the European Union, over time, it is planned to place X-rays, laboratory tests and a complete patient record.
[email protected], which is expected to be piloted in two years, provides for the so-called secondary use of this huge catalog, for example, for research, innovation and the development of new solutions in health sector management. Researchers, institutions or companies wishing to obtain information from the database will have to apply for permission from a special agency, whose branches will be represented throughout the EU.
Access will be subject to strict conditions of confidentiality and security, each country will keep hosting their own databases.
“There is no centralized European database with all patient information. The data remains where it was collected, but it can be accessed as needed,” said Licinio Custra Manu.
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