Mobility of people across the EU is increasing. This is why in 2011 the European institutions adopted a new Directive (2011/24/EU) which ensures the continuity of care for European citizens across borders. This gives Member States the possibility to exchange health data in a secure, efficient and interoperable way. In 2021 it will be possible for EU citizens who visit a Dutch emergency care facility to request for a digital patient summary. This provides information on important health related aspects such as allergies, current medication, previous illness, surgeries, etc. It gives doctors essential information in their own language concerning the patient which may come handy for instance where there may be a linguistic barrier. Bureau KAESS supports the program with different communication activities. It’s nice to be part of such a groundbreaking initiative that will pave the way for data exchange without borders, benefiting patients around the globe.
Data exchange without borders18 november 2018