How the Republic of Estonia is Setting the Pace with Electronic Healthcare Records

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An electronic health record (EHR) is an evolving concept defined as a systematic collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations. It is a record in digital format that is theoretically capable of being shared across different health care settings. In some cases this sharing can occur by way of network-connected, enterprise-wide information systems and other information networks or exchanges. 

EHRs may include a range of data, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal statistics like age and weight, and billing information.

The system is designed to capture and re-present data that accurately capture the state of the patient at all times. It allows for an entire patient history to be viewed without the need to track down the patient’s previous medical record volume and assists in ensuring data is accurate, appropriate and legible. 

It reduces the chances of data replication as there is only one modifiable file, which means the file is constantly up to date when viewed at a later date and eliminates the issue of lost forms or paperwork. Due to all the information being in a single file, it makes it much more effective when extracting medical data for the examination of possible trends and long term changes in the patient.

Intel World Ahead Program Business Development Manager Pavel Kubu talks in the video with Republic of Estonia Minister of Social Affairs Hanno Pevkar at HIMSS Europe 2012 about how the country has garnered a 95 percent e-prescribing rate, electronic healthcare record success and its plans for implementing cloud solutions in the future.

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