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The added value of electronic health records (EHRs): Linking patient care, clinical research and public health

14/07/2008

Recently, the European Commission has undertaken efforts to raise awareness among EU member states and within the healthcare, life sciences and IT industries of the remarkable potential of implementing electronic health records (EHR).  Workshops pointed up the formidable challenges of reconciling privacy regulations, technical compatibility, and cooperative processes.  The added value of EHR implementation could enable “eHealth” applications that can modernize healthcare and vastly improve clinical research.  The interoperability of EHRs will also provide a range of tangible and far-reaching benefits for the patient, the public health sector, the life sciences and IT industries, and provide EU member states with an important innovation tool.  The resulting recommendations will demand strong political support, new organisational structures, and funding.  None of this will be easy, but the alternative of doing nothing could have a large, negative impact across the EU. Click here to download the full pdf document.

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