The European Commission (EC) is inviting views on proposals for how electronic health records can be accessed and shared in European Union (EU) countries.
The Commission has published a new roadmap to establish a format for a European electronic health record exchange, which sets out the challenges in facilitating data exchange including a lack of interoperability between countries.
It highlights how Member States are at varying levels of digitising their health systems and says health data is often scattered across different local and national data repositories, utilising various data formats, proprietary solutions, and with a risk of being locked into specific vendor models.
It is anticipated that under the new European electronic health record exchange, patient records will be accessible across borders, while the availability of health data for research purposes will also be increased.
The initiative will propose a set of common technical specifications for the transfer of health data, in categories such as patient summaries and e-prescriptions.
Feedback on the new roadmap is open until 20 December 2018 and this will be considered in the development of the initiative.