On 20 April, the Norwegian Government proposed a revised Health Registry Act, providing the legal grounds for the set-up of the 'Core electronic patient records'.
If healthcare professionals have fast access to the patients’ basic and essential health data, lives can be saved. Therefore the Core patient records will contain a set of a patient’s important healthcare information that is potentially necessary in case of emergency. This information will be made available regardless the place the patient is asking for medical treatment.
With healthcare professionals being able to access a set of the most important data of a patient, the Core patient records aim on a more appropriate way of providing a patient’s record, with the protection of the patient’s integrity, in an effective and pragmatic way. A pilot project is expected to start in 2013.
To know more:
- NO: Improving patient safety with 'core electronic patient records' – news item on ePractice
- Original news article - Ministry of Health and Care Services (in Norwegian)
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