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Month: March 2011

Medical passport on a stick?

Central database vs USB stick for the Dutch nationwide EHR system The Dutch government is about to introduce an national electronic health record system. The purpose of the EHR is to replace the widespread use of paper-based records and fragmented computer files, in order to exchange medical information quickly and easily nationwide. The original records are not centrally saved, but are kept with the original healthcare provider and are retrievable for others via the EHR system, but only if they are treating that specific patient. The government says that a nationwide paperless medical records system will save lives and costs…