Spain calls on regions to imp…

Spain calls on regions to implement eHealth system

Published on: 01/03/2017

Spain’s Ministry of Health is calling on the country’s autonomous regions to support national ePrescription and other eHealthcare solutions, Health Minister Dolors Montserrat told the Parliament in February.

Getting prescriptions filled across regional borders

Of the country’s 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities, interoperable electronic prescription systems exist in only five, the Canary Islands, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, and Navarra. According to a statement from the ministry, the Galicia and Aragon regions are close to joining.

In Spain, interoperable ePrescription systems were piloted in 2015 by the Canary Islands and Extremadura regions. Now, citizens can get their medical prescriptions filled in any pharmacy in either region.

Regional ePrescription systems are gradually being connected to those in other regions. In Castilla-La Mancha for example, pharmacies are not yet able to fill prescriptions for citizens from any of the other four regions. However, citizens from the region can already pick up their prescriptions at pharmacies in any of the other four.

According to the ministry, 87% of people in Spain have access to electronic prescription solutions. However, getting these systems to work together, across regional borders, will take more effort.

Spain’s healthcare minister also wants to advance a country-wide electronic health card. Currently 77% of people in Spain have an electronic health card, limited to their region. Work to make these systems interoperable started back in 2009.

More information:

El Pais news item (in Spanish)
Announcement by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (in Spanish)